Big Data Sets
There are two significant data sets in Australia that highlight inclusion of people with disability.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Disability, Aging and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings
- The Australian Institute on Health and Welfare (AIHW).
ABS: Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings
The ABS Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings provides regular reporting on people with disability, the aged and carers. These reports are collated from national questionnaires and data and released about ever 3 years. The latest summary of findings is from 2018 but there is no information about whether there is a new release soon.
The information provided in this report provides a broad overview of participation of people with disability across a range of domains such as overall representation in the community, economic participation, educational attainment, geographic location and demographic information such as age, gender, and severity of disability. There is also a comprehensive list of data downloads (e.g., by state, labour force participation and age) available. You can request additional information from the ABS or utilise their data builder to get information which is more localised.
The value of the ABS information is to give your institution a very broad overview of the representation of people with disability in Australia in order to set appropriate KPIs (key performance indicators) or strategic goals which may facilitate better inclusion for people with disability within your institutional context and place.
AIHW: People with disability in Australia
The AIHW pulls together information from a rage of national data sources in order to develop a greater understanding of disability in Australia. Given that disability is tied to health outcomes it is important to understand how poor health, discrimination, educational attainment and economic participation impacts the lives of people with disability.
The People with disability in Australia report is updated annually and includes:
- a web-based summary or overview
- a comprehensive PDF report and infographics on different domains e.g., prevalence of disability, health, social inclusive, discrimination, housing, finances, education and employment.
- data downloads.
Again, this report provides a national snapshot but again providers opportunities to explore the national context and how your organisation can support greater disability inclusion.