Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email

Skip to content

Key resources

  • Bibliography
  • Health promotion
    Health promotion
  • Health practice
    Health practice
  • Programs
  • Conferences
  • Courses
  • Funding
  • Jobs
  • Organisations
  • Health Services MapHealth Services Map
Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places
Print this page Print

Related publications


Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2014)

Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses and summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of programs relevant to increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability.

The report highlighted the following information from the 2011 Census:

  • around 29,600 (5.7%) Indigenous people reported needing help with core activities, the majority (81%) of which were aged under 65 years old
  • 6% of Indigenous Australians compared with 2% for non-Indigenous Australians under 65 years old needed help with core activities
  • disability rates increased progressively with age from 4.8% at age 35-39 to 18.5% at age 60-64 for Indigenous men, and from 3.8% at age 35-39 to 17.1% at age 60-64 for Indigenous women
  • Indigenous men and women of working age who had a disability have lower employment rates than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Indigenous job seekers experience greater labour market disadvantage than non-Indigenous job seekers. The disadvantages include living in locations that are distant from labour markets or other disadvantaged areas, having lower levels of education, poorer health and higher rates of disability.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Council of Australian Governments (2012)

National disability agreement: intergovernmental agreement on federal financial relations.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Disability Policy & Research Working Group (2012)

National Indigenous access framework.

Sydney: Disability Policy & Research Working Group

Office for Disability (2012)

Draft Victorian state disability plan 2013-2016: for consultation.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Human Services


National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Advisory Group, Spearing N (2004)

Evidence to support the national action plan for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis: opportunities to improve health-related quality of life and reduce the burden of disease and disability.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Last updated: 13 March 2018
Return to top
general box


Share your information » Give us feedback » Sign our guestbook »