Disability-friendly industries in Australia

DATE: 6 May 2015



In looking for work or planning a career, those of us with disability often ask ourselves 'which employers might be most disability friendly?' On this question, the ABS 2012 Survey of Disability, Aging, and Carers can provide some clues.

This infographic shows how many people with disability are employed by different Australian industries, adopting the standard occupation categories used by the ABS.

Key facts

  • The Health Care and Social Assistance industry employs the most people with disability in absolute terms (approximately 181,000 in 2012).
  • Mining employs the fewest in absolute terms (around 11,900).
  • In percentage terms, however, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing performs best, with 18% of its workforce having some form of disability.
  • Mining is also the poorest performer in percentage terms, with only 4% having disability.

Top 5 industries employing people with disability



Agriculture, forestry and fishing is the leading employer of people with disability, as a percentage of the workforce, followed by:

  • Administrative and support services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration and safety
  • Transport, postal and warehousing

Technical notes

Source: Yooralla calculations based on ABS data.

'Disability' is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability, and includes persons over 65. See the ABS website for details. 

Industry categories are the top level of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). Definitions and subcategories can be found on the ABS website.

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