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Facts and Figures

  • More than four million Australians or one in five people, experience disability.
  • In Australia 2.1 million people of working age (15-64 years) have disability. Just under half are employed, compared with 80% of people without disability.
  • Only 4.4% of people with a disability in Australia use a wheelchair.
  • 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss.
  • It is estimated there are 357,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. It is projected that number will grow to 564,000 by 2030.
  • 45% of Australians aged 16–85 years, experience a mental health condition during their lifetime.
  • 3 million Australians live with depression or anxiety.
  • 34% of people with disability are managers & professionals.
    Graduates with disability take 61.5% longer to gain fulltime employment than other graduates.
  • Almost one in five people with disability aged 15-24 years experienced discrimination. In almost half of those instances, the source of discrimination is an employer.