Children with disability - support needs

DATE: 29 October 2015



Around 8 percent of those under 18 in Australia are identified as having a disability of some type.

This infographic looks at the different types of disability and support needs experiences, drawing on the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Aging and Carers.

​Key findings:

  • Intellectual disability is the most prevalent type of disability, noting that some children have multiple types of disability
  • 33 percent of children with disability need assistance with communication
  • ​From birth to 5 years old is when disability grows most rapidly, mostly due to the diagnosis of disability during these early years

Technical notes:

Disability-related health conditions are often not diagnosed until later in childhood, therefore disability prevalence appears lower in early childhood.

Source: Yooralla calculations based on ABS data

“Disability” is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability. See the ABS website for details.  


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