Disability Statistics

The most recently published data from the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) are available on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website. Disability statistics from this source are available in two formats:

  • The Disability Support Services series of reports, which include key disability statistics for Queensland and the other States and Territories. The Disability Support Services series is published each year.
  • Interactive data cubes to interrogate the full national data set. The user can drill down and create cross-tabulations on variables such as age, sex, country of birth, primary disability, Indigenous status, presence of other disability, living arrangements, need for support or assistance in activities of daily living, residential setting, need for interpreter services, existence of an informal carer, labour force status and individual funding status.

National statistics relating to services for people with a disability may also be found in Community Services Volume F of the Report on Government Services, which reports on the assistance funded by governments to people with disability and their carers, focusing on specialist disability services. The Report on Government services is produced by the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

The Department makes a range of data available, including data from the NMDS, via the Queensland Government's Open Data page.

By registering on COMSIS, the Queensland Government's Community Services Information System, a user can extract disability data from the 2006 census onwards, as well as other social, demographic and economic statistics for Queensland regions. The disability census variable is called 'core activity need for assistance' and is identified in table 17 of the Basic Community Profile (BCP17). To find out more and register, please go to the COMSIS site.

Other useful links include: