“Australia Sees Rising Disability Prevalence and Unpaid Carers”

Australia, Police

Article: Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of people living with disability, according to the data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The 2022 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers revealed that more than one in five people (21.

This trend was prevalent across most age groups, with individuals aged 65 years and older being more likely to have a disability.

Interestingly, the education level of those with disabilities improved, with 45 per cent having completed year 12 or an equivalent, up from 33 per cent in 2018.

This represents 2.

The survey also highlighted the role of unpaid carers, with 3 million people across Australia providing unpaid care, representing almost 12 per cent of all Australians living in households.

Notably, 40 per cent of these carers have a disability themselves, and 391,300 are young carers under the age of 25.

In terms of long-term health conditions, nearly 90 per cent of older Australians (aged 65 and over) reported having one or more.

Two in five (40 per cent) older Australians living in households needed some assistance with everyday activities.

For the first time, the survey also asked about satisfaction with social activity participation.

Almost two-thirds of people aged 15 years and older with disability (64 per cent), and more than three-quarters of older Australians (78 per cent) said they were satisfied all or most of the time.

The ABS expressed gratitude for Australians’ continued support in responding to their surveys.