Special Needs

Statistics about how children with special needs are doing in our schools.

– In Australia there are 288,348 children with a disability (7% of all kids). (ABS, 2009)

– Between 2003 and 2009 the proportion of Australian children aged 0-14 years with a disability decreased from 8.2% to 7.0%.(ABS, 2009)

– Every 13 hrs, a child is born with cerebral palsy. (PWC, 2011)

– 1 in 1000 children born each year will have Down Syndrome. (PWC, 2011)

– Every 7 hrs, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. (PWC, 2011)

– Australia ranks 21 out of 29 OECD countries for labour force participation of people with a disability. (ABS, 2012)

– 36% of people with a disability aged 18-64yrs, have completed Year 12, compared with 60% of those without a disability. (ABS, 2012)

– 45% of those with a disability in Australia are living either near or below the poverty line, more than double the OECD average of 22% (ABS, 2012)


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