Disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
DATE: 9 July 2015
This infographic aims to provide some extra context for thinking about disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- The prevalence of disability among indigenous Australians is difficult to estimate, due to cultural considerations. For example, there is a lack of a descriptive word for ‘disability’ and terms such as ‘primary carer’ are not generally used.
- The Productivity Commission (2011) estimated that Indigenous Australians are about twice as likely to require assistance with core activities, and would be expected to account for roughly 4 per cent of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants at full roll-out.
- Currently, 4 per cent of NDIS trial site participants identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander - in line with the Productivity Commission's estimate.
- The NDIS recognises the need to make significant effort to engage populations that are less likely to access support to ensure that people with disability are able to make a choice about application for funded support. The NDIS have established a trial site in the Barkly area of the Northern Territory and are working hard to engage with remote communities in this area.
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