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Statistics for people with disabilities on the Gold Coast

Social profile of people with disabilities on the Gold Coast

Almost 15 per cent of Gold Coast residents (82,400 people) have a disability according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012.

Many of these residents are over 65 years of age (44 per cent compared to 39 per cent for Queensland). Residents aged under 34 years comprise 16.5 per cent of this population (compared to 21 per cent for Queensland).

26,600 residents have a profound or severe disability (32 per cent), 38,900 have a moderate or mild disability (47 per cent) and 33,900 have a disability which restricted their schooling and/or employment only.

Disability by age

An ageing population will see increasing levels of disability on the Gold Coast.

The following data taken from the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012, demonstrates this increase in the percentage of people with a disability as people age. 

Table 1: All persons disability rate by age, Gold Coast SA4
(customised data from the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012)
Age group (years) 0-34 35-64 65+
People with a disability (number) 13,600 33,800 36,100
Proportion of people with a disability (% of total) 16.5 41.1 43.8

Need for assistance

According to the ABS 2016 Census of Population and Housing, 27,500 Gold Coast residents (4.9% of the city's population) have a profound or severe disability, needing assistance in one or more of the three core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication. To support this need, over 44,800 residents (9.9% of the population) provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability in 2016.  

Further information

If you require the table in a different format, or if you require further information, please contact City of Gold Coast on telephone 07 5581 6208 or email

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