Disability and Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031

More than 4.4 million people in Australia have disability, or around 18% of the population. People with disability are diverse—having different types and levels of disability, coming from all demographic and socioeconomic groups, and having varying needs for assistance.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare People with disability in Australia report draws together information from a range of sources to look at the experiences of people with disability in everyday life.

How governments work together to improve the lives of people with disability

The Australian, state and territory, and local governments are committed to working together to support people with disability to reach their full potential, as equal members of the community.

There is information on Australia’s Disability Strategy Hub on which government is responsible for which services. There are also contact points for these services, whether they are disability-specific or for mainstream services used by everyone.

Disability strategies are an important way to guide the work governments do.

Disability strategies

The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 (original Strategy) was the first time all levels of government committed to a unified, national approach to building inclusion for people with disability. The strategy was about creating a more inclusive society that enabled Australians with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

In 2018, work started on developing Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 which has replaced the original Strategy. Australia’s Disability Strategy was launched on 3 December 2021 and more information is available on Australia’s Disability Strategy Hub.

State and territory governments have their own disability plans in place, or are developing plans. Many local governments (commonly known as councils) also have disability plans in place. You can learn more about state and territory disability plans on Australia’s Disability Strategy Hub.

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