Learning and earning

DATE: 24 December 2015



Although people with disability participate in education at similar rates to the general population, the same cannot be said for employment.

This week's graph looks at the same issue from a different angle - how much difference does education make in improving employment prospects for people with and without disability?​

Key findings

  • Level of education is associated with higher participation in employment, regardless of disability
  • However, at all levels of education, people with disability are less likely to be in any form of employment compared with those without disability, despite having the same level of education.
  • This inequality is most pronounced for people with a ‘severe or profound’ disability

Technical notes

  • Data are from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2009 Survey of Disability, Aging, and Carers. These statistics concern only the ‘working age’ population (persons aged 15-64)
  • For these statistics, employment includes full, part-time, and casual work, self-employment and unpaid work for a family business, including being on sickness, vacation, or other leave.
  • “Severe and profound disability”are classifications used in ABS disability statistics. A person is so classified if they (or a household member) report that they always (profound) or sometimes (severe) are unable to do, or require supervision or assistance with an activity involving mobility, communication, or self-care. Visit the ABS website for details.

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