3-6-1. Disability in South Australia
- In 2012, around one in five (21.5%) 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 activities.
- The South Australian rate is above the national average of 18.5%, and ranks second-highest of the states and territories.
|Australian Capital Territory||15.8%|
|New South Wales||18.2%|
3-6-2. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by Local Health Network
- As at the 2011 Census, around one in 18 (5.5%) of South Australians of all ages reported being in need of assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability.
- The rate varies slightly between the three metropolitan Adelaide Local Health Networks (LHNs) but the overall rate reported by people that live in metropolitan Adelaide (5.5%) was equivalent to that of Country SA residents (5.4%).
- South Australia's rate is more than the national average of 4.6%, and ranks it second-highest of the states and territories.
|Local Health Network||%|
|Northern Adelaide LHN||5.4%|
|Central Adelaide LHN||5.7%|
|Southern Adelaide LHN||5.2%|
|Country SA LHN||5.4%|
|Australian Capital Territory||3.3%|
|New South Wales||4.9%|
3-6-3. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by age and sex
- As at the 2011 Census, the proportion of males in South Australia of all ages who reported needing assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (5.0%) was slightly lower than their female counterparts (5.9%).
- The proportion increases significantly with age, with the highest rate among both males and females belonging to the 90 years and over age cohort (53.4% and 66.8%, respectively).
3-6-4. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – Aboriginal people
- As at the 2011 Census, the 6.2% 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 5.4%.
- South Australia was ranked equal third highest with New South Wales for this indicator when compared to all states and territories.
- The variation between the states and territories for this indicator was relatively small, ranging from 4.1% in the Northern Territory to 6.6% in Tasmania.
- 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 5.5% (see above).
|Australian Capital Territory||4.8%|
|New South Wales||6.2%|
- Based on ABS 2013, 'Table 1 ALL PERSONS, Disability-estimates and rates, by age and sex, and age standardised totals-2003, 2009 and 2012' and 'Table 4 ALL PERSONS, Disability rates by sex and selected demographic characteristics-2012', Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012, cat. no. 44300DO001_2012, viewed 18 August 2014.
- Based on tables generated using ABS TableBuilder 2015, '2011 Census - Disability, Carers and Need for Assistance', Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, accessed 20 August 2015.