Good data and statistics can tell us what is happening for people with an intellectual disability.
This can help government and others to make better decisions that affect people with an intellectual disability.
people in Australia have an intellectual disability
of children have an intellectual disability (0-14 years old)
Intellectual disability is almost
(twice) as common in boys as it is in girls
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have intellectual disability
of people with intellectual disability who are NDIS participants are in paid employment (over 25 years old)
of those are employed in a sheltered workshop or Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE)
Source: NDIA – NDIS Employment outcomes
of deaths of people with an intellectual disability are potentially avoidable
Disability Support Pension
of people who receive the Disability Support Pension have an intellectual or learning disability
of NDIS participants have intellectual disability as their primary diagnosis
Gathering the evidence report
In October 2020, we made a report to the Disability Royal Commission on data and statistics about people with intellectual disability in Australia.
Our report includes data and information about:
- How many people in Australia have an intellectual disability
- Age, gender and cultural diversity
- Government supports
- Restricted decision making
- Criminal justice
- Parents with intellectual disability
- Access to technology.
Our report also finds that there are many gaps in our information about people with intellectual disability in Australia.
These gaps make it hard to measure, report on, and improve outcomes for people with intellectual disability.
This page was last updated 14/12/2021.