The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) provides a snapshot of Tasmanians with disability. The survey includes people who reported a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities.

In 2015, there were 4.3 million Australians with disability, of these 131,700 were in Tasmania

Tasmania has the highest rate of disability – 26% compared to 18% nationally

The likelihood of living with disability increases with age – 2 in 5 people with disability were 65 years and older


Around one-third (30%) of people with disability had a profound or severe disability

Half of people (50%) with disability used aids or equipment to help them with their disability

Around 3 in 5 people with disability* (58%) needed assistance with at least one activity in daily life

84,000 Tasmanians provided informal care in 2015. Their average age (both men and women) was 51 years

1 in 5 (21%) people with disability said their main long-term health condition was a mental health or behavioural disorder

People with disability aged 15-24 years were 16 times more likely to report the experience of discrimination than those aged 65 years and over

54% of people with disability participated in the workforce**, compared with 83% of people with no reported disability

The weekly median income of people with disability was $430 compared to $769 for those with no reported disability

*Living in households

**Labour force and income figures are for those aged between 15 and 64 and living in households.

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