4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 Quality Declaration 
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DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION IN AUSTRALIA

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Disability discrimination occurs when people with disability are treated less fairly than people without disability.

The results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers provide information on the experience of discrimination by people with disability aged 15 years and over1.

  • Almost 1 in 12 people with disability1 experienced discrimination2 in 2015
  • Young people with disability1 were more likely to experience discrimination2 than older people with disability1
  • 1 in 5 people with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities1,3 experienced discrimination2
  • Around 1/3 of people1 who experienced disability discrimination2 said a source was service, hospitality and teaching staff4
  • Around 1/4 of people1 who experienced disability discrimination2 said a source was an employer
  • Almost 1/3 of people with disability1 avoided situations5 because of their disability
  • Almost 2/3 of people with psychosocial disability1,3 had avoided situations5 because of their disability
  • People with profound or severe disability1 were more likely to avoid situations5 than those with moderate or mild disability1
  • Around 2 in 5 people with disability1 who avoided situations5 avoided visiting family and friends

1 Living in households
2 Experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their disability in the previous 12 months
3 For people with multiple disabilities, the discrimination may have been related to one or a combination of disabilities
4 Includes teacher or lecturer; health staff; bus drivers, retail staff or taxi drivers; restaurant or hospitality staff; or sales assistants
5 Types of situations include work, visiting family or friends, school, university or educational facility, medical facilities, shops, banks, restaurants, cafes or bars, public transport, public park or recreation venue, and other social situations and public places

Further information is available in Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (cat. no. 4430.0) available from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au). A pdf version of the information sheet is available from the Downloads tab of this publication.