New report examines the diversity and participation of Australians with disability of working age

Thu 9 October 2014

A new report examining diversity and participation of Australians with disability of working age has been released today.

The report highlights issues related to home and family; education and training; socio-economic well-being; participation in paid work; participation in social, community and civic activities; and transport.

Author of the report Deputy Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Professor Laurie Brown produced the report as the first of a series of publications to mark the beginning of IGPA's new research and engagement theme of disability policy reform.

Key findings include:

  1. One in seven Australians of working age has a disability with over 555,000 individuals aged 15-64 years having profound or severe limitations in core activities of daily living.

  2. People with profound and severe disability tend to have multiple impairments, and assistance is needed or difficulty is experienced in multiple areas of activity

  3. Mental illness, restriction in physical activities, intellectual disability and chronic and/or recurring pain are the four most prevalent types of disability
    associated with profound or severe limitations in core activities.

To download a copy of the report, please click here.

For more information about the research findings, please email Laurie.Brown.


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