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Grahame and Ross share a joke on a recent excursion
Grahame and Ross share a joke on a recent excursion


Types of Disability

1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss. There are approximately 30,000 Deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss [1].

Vision Australia estimates there are currently 357,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. They project that the number of Australians who are blind or have low vision will grow to 564,000 by 2030. (Refractive error not included). [2]

An estimated 10% of the population has dyslexia. That’s more than two million Australians. [3]

45% of the population will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime.

3 million Australians live with depression or anxiety. [4]

Research shows job or financial loss can increase a person’s risk of health problems, such as depression and anxiety. [5]

Employment of People with Disability

People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower participation (53%) and higher unemployment rates (9.4%) than people without disability (83% and 4.9% respectively).

There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with disability. Of these, just over 1 million are employed and another 114,900 are looking for work.

Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70%. [6]

34% of people with disability are managers & professionals.
Graduates with disability take 56.2 % longer to gain fulltime employment than other graduates. [7]

People with disability aged 15-24 years are 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than those aged 65 years and over.
The source of discrimination is an employer in almost half of those instances.

Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%. [8]

73 percent of employees who say they work at a “purpose-driven” company are engaged, compared to just 23 percent of those who don’t.

Except where stated otherwise, data is taken from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016, 4430.0 – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015, viewed 24 February 2017.

[1] ‘Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia’ 2006, Access Economics, viewed 24 February 2017.

[2] Vision Australia estimate is based on ABS population data and ABS Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers.

[3] Australian Dyslexia Association Inc Queensland 2014, Dyslexia In Australia, viewed 24 February 2017.

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 4326.0 – National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results 2007, viewed 24 February 2017.

[5] Price, R.H., Choi, J.N. and Vinokur, A.D. 2002, Links in the chain of adversity following job loss: How financial strain and loss of personal control lead to depression, impaired functioning, and poor health, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 7(4), 302-312.

[6] ‘Employment of persons with disabilities’ 2007, United Nations Department of Public Information, viewed 24 February 2017.

[7] ‘Grad Stats’, 2015, Graduate Careers Australia, viewed 24 February 2017.

[8] ‘Benefits to business: The evidence for
investing in health and wellbeing’ 2011, ComCare, viewed 15 March 2017.

[9] Inc Magazine 2014, How a Sense of Purpose Boosts Engagement, viewed 15 March 2017.

[10] ‘A snapshot of employment of people with disability and
older people in Australia’ 2015, Australian Human Rights Commission, viewed 15 March 2017.

[11] ‘Missing out: The business case for customer diversity’ 2017, Australian Human Rights Commission, viewed 15 March 2017.

[12] ‘2016 Disability Confidence Survey’ 2016, Australian Network on Disability, viewed 15 March 2017.