Statistics for people with disability

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These key statistics relate to City of Gold Coast people with disability.

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

According to customised City of Gold Coast data prepared by .id (the population experts):

  • In 2017, there were an estimated 118,729 Gold Coast residents with disability, representing 20.1% of the total Gold Coast population. The Gold Coast had a higher proportion of people with disability than Queensland (17.4%).
  • 47.3% of people with disability in Gold Coast City were male and 52.7% were female.
  • An estimated 50,550 Gold Coast seniors aged 65 years and over had a disability, representing 42.6% of people with disability.
  • The number of Gold Coast residents with disability is expected to increase to 191,954 people by 2036, representing 22.1% of the population.
  • 6.6% of Gold Coast children and young people aged 0-24 years had a disability (or 14,365 people); 15.4% of Gold Coast residents aged 25-44 years had a disability (or 18,312 people); 24.4% of Gold Coast residents aged 45-64 years had a disability (or 35,503 people), and; 60.8% of Gold Coast seniors aged 65 years and over had a disability (or 50,550 people).

The table below demonstrates the age distribution of people with disability in City of Gold Coast and Queensland.

Age distribution of people with disability 2017 (% of total people with disability)
Age Group No. Gold Coast (%) QLD (%)
0-14 years 7798 6.6 7.8
15-24 years 6567 5.5 5.6
25-44 years 18,312 15.4 14.3
45-64 years 35,503 29.9 29.3
65+ years 50,550 42.6 43.0
Total 118,729 100.0 100.0

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.
  • Over 44,800 residents (9.9% of the population) provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability in 2016
  • Coombabah had the highest proportion of people in need of assistance due to disability (8.1%), followed by Merrimac (7.6%) and Labrador (7.3%).

The most recent Census was conducted by the ABS in August 2021.

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

More information

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