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Statistics for people with disabilities on the Gold Coast

Need for assistance

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (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.  

View an interactive map which shows the distribution of residents across the Gold Coast who need assistance due to disability.

Disability by age

Following national trends, the Gold Coast population is ageing. As the likelihood of living with disability increases with age, we will see increasing levels of disability on the Gold Coast in the future.

Data from the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers demonstrates an increase in the percentage of people with a disability as people age: in 2015, residents aged under 35 years represented 21 per cent of all people with disability in Queensland; residents aged 35 to 64 years represented 39 per cent of this population; and 2 in 5 people with disability in Queensland were 65 years or older.

Further information

If you require further information, please contact City of Gold Coast by phone 07 5581 6208 or email

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