People with disability interact with every aspect of social policy and programs in Australia. They access both specialist and mainstream services across a wide variety of areas. Many also receive support through informal carers.

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Service users’ rate of potentially avoidable deaths was 3.6 times as high as the rate for the general population

Service users were 4.7 times as likely to die before aged 65 compared with the general population

Rates of potentially avoidable deaths for male service users was 1.5 times as high as the rate for females

About two-thirds (67%) of service users had an informal carer, most often their mother (65%)

Most (95%) NDA service users were aged under 65, with an average age of 39

In 2018-19, about 230,000 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA)

More reports and statistics on disability services can be found under Disability.