Learning and earning

DATE: 24 December 2015

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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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