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3-6. Disability

3-6-1. Disability in South Australia

3-6-2. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-6-3. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by age and sex

3-6-4. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – Aboriginal people

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3-6-1. Disability in South Australia

  • In 2015, around one in four (22.9%) South Australians of all ages reported having a disability – defined here as a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities1.
  • The South Australian rate is above the national average of 18.3%, and ranks second-highest of the states and territories1.

 

Prevalence of disability (all ages), 2015
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 11.7%
Australian Capital Territory 14.6%
Western Australia 16.2%
Queensland 18.1%
New South Wales 18.3%
Victoria 18.5%
South Australia 22.9%
Tasmania 25.8%
Australia 18.3%

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Data source: ABS 2017a

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3-6-2. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • As at the 2016 Census, around one in 16 (6.0%) of South Australians of all ages reported being in need of assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability2.
  • South Australia's rate is more than the national average of 5.1%, and ranks it second-highest of the states and territories2.

 

Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2011
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 5.4%
Central Adelaide 5.7%
Southern Adelaide 5.2%
Metropolitan Adelaide 5.5%
Country SA LHN 5.4%
South Australia 5.5%

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Data source: ABS 2017b

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Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2016
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 3.0%
Western Australia 3.9%
Australian Capital Territory 4.2%
Victoria 5.1%
Queensland 5.2%
New South Wales 5.4%
South Australia 6.0%
Tasmania 6.4%
Australia 5.1%

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Data source: ABS 2017b

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3-6-3. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by age and sex

  • As at the 2016 Census, the proportion of males in South Australia of all ages who reported needing assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (5.6%) was slightly lower than their female counterparts (6.4%)2.
  • The proportion increases significantly with age, with the highest rate among both males and females belonging to the 85 years and over age cohort (39.3% and 50.9%, respectively)2.

 

Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2016
Age (years) Males Females
0-14 1.9% 1.1%
5-14 5.7% 2.7%
15-19 3.8% 2.2%
20-24 2.4% 1.8%
25-34 2.1% 1.8%
35-44 2.6% 2.7%
45-54 3.9% 4.3%
55-64 5.9% 6.1%
65-74 9.0% 8.3%
75-84 16.8% 21.9%
85+ 39.3% 50.9%
All ages 5.6% 6.4%

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Data source: ABS 2017b

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3-6-4. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – Aboriginal people

  • As at the 2016 Census, the 7.7% of Aboriginal people in South Australia of all ages requiring assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability was above the national average for Aboriginal people of 6.7%3.
  • South Australia was ranked third highest for this indicator when compared to all states and territories3.
  • The variation between the states and territories for this indicator was relatively small, ranging from 4.5% in the Northern Territory to 8.3% in Tasmania3.
  • The gap between Aboriginal and all-person prevalence of need for assistance due to profound or severe disability was relatively small, with the all-person rate at 6.0% (see above)3.

 

Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability - Aboriginal people (all ages), 2016
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 4.5%
Western Australia 4.9%
Queensland 6.4%
Australian Capital Territory 6.6%
New South Wales 7.6%
South Australia 7.7%
Victoria 8.2%
Tasmania 8.3%
Australia 6.7%

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Data source: ABS 2017c

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Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017a), 'Table 4.1 All persons, disability rates by sex and selected demographic characteristics–2015, proportion of persons', Data Cubes, 'Disability Tables', Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015, cat. no. 44300DO001_2012, viewed 23 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017b), 'Table G18 CORE ACTIVITY NEED FOR ASSISTANCE(a) BY AGE BY SEX ', 'General Community Profile', 2016 Census Community Profiles , viewed 23 August 2018. 
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017c), 'Table I08 CORE ACTIVITY NEED FOR ASSISTANCE(a) BY AGE BY SEX FOR ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PERSONS ', 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Profile' , 2016 Census Community Profiles , viewed 23 August 2018.