The rates of Australians with disabilities engaging in work and social activities have worsened over time, a Productivity Commission report has found, SkyNews reports.
The annual report, released last Tuesday, examined government services across the disability, aged care, child protection and youth justice sectors.
Among Australians aged between 15 and 64 and living with profound or severe limitations to core activities, labour force and employment-to-population rates both deteriorated by about six per cent between 2009 and 2015.
However, the overall unemployment rate among the cohort only slipped by about three per cent over the same period, the commission found.
At the same time, people with disabilities had less face-to-face contact with family and friends and travelled to social activities less.
The proportion of those who reported their disability or condition as the main reason for not leaving home as often as they’d like rose by three per cent over the period, according to the report.
Some 4.3 million Australians – or 18.3 per cent of the population – had a disability in 2015, while about 5.8 per cent had profound or severe core activity limitations.
Total government spending on specialist disability services was $8.4 billion in 2015-16, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to the previous year.
Work rates down among disabled Australians (Sky News)
Report on government services (Productivity Commission)