Disability statistics give you information about the number of disabled children and adults living in New Zealand. Find out about the nature, duration, and causes of impairments.

You can also find out:

  • what support disabled people need in daily life
  • who cares for disabled people and what support they provide
  • about disabled people's education, work, travel, and transport experiences
  • about experiences of disability in different groups of the population (eg ethnic groups).

About the New Zealand Disability Survey

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2013 Disability Survey

The 2013 Disability Survey will run from July through to October 2013. We expect the first data from the survey to be ready for release on 17 June 2014.

Topics included in the 2013 Disability Survey

Frequently asked questions about the Disability Survey

Brochures and New Zealand Sign Language videos on the 2013 Disability Survey

Information releases

Explore our latest disability statistics.

2006 Disability Survey
Key results from the 2006 Disability Survey. Find out about the percentage of New Zealanders who are disabled, and the types and causes of their impairments.

View results from the 1996 and 2001 Disability Surveys.


Analyse the numbers.

2006 Disability Survey tables
NZ.Stat tables about age, sex, and ethnicity of disabled children and adults. Find data about where disabled New Zealanders live and whether their health needs are being met.

Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

2011 Disability Survey: Discussion paper on proposed content (published 2009)
Discussion of the key uses of disability data and options for meeting information needs.

Disability stocktake (published 2007)
An overview of 19 sets of data that government agencies collect about people with disabilities. 

2006 New Zealand Disability Survey

The following reports present results from the 2006 New Zealand Disability Survey and are listed in alphabetical order.

Disability and education in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2008)
Research into disabled children’s and adults’ use of education and training services. Find out how disability affects their educational experiences.

Disability and formal supports in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2013)
Report showing how many disabled people received formal support from paid helpers, and health- and disability-related service providers, and what types of support they received.

Disability and informal care in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2009)
Find out about the kinds of people most likely to provide informal care to disabled people, the types of support they provide, and how often they provide it. This report also includes information about living arrangements.

Disability and the labour market in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2008)
Report about disabled people's labour force participation, occupations, educational qualifications, and need for workplace support.

Disability and Māori in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2010)
Information about disabled Māori. Find out about: patterns of disability, services to support disabled people, education, work and income, housing and living arrangements, and travel and transport. 

Disability and travel and transport in New Zealand in 2006 (published 2009)
Report about travel patterns and transport needs of disabled people being cared for at home.

View results from the 2001 Disability Survey.

About the New Zealand Disability Survey

The New Zealand Disability Survey is a national survey of children and adults in New Zealand. It collects data from both disabled and non-disabled people.

We ran the Disability Survey in 1996, 2001, and 2006, after every census. The Disability Survey requires census data for sample selection.

About the 2013 Disability Survey includes video clips and links to YouTube using sign language, and a printable brochure.

The Disability Survey data collection consists of:

  • the Household Disability Survey (which surveys adults and children living in private dwellings)
  • the Disability Survey of Residential Facilities (which surveys adults living in residential facilities).

Examples of how disability data is used:

  • reporting against the New Zealand Disability Strategy
  • meeting obligations for reporting and monitoring under the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • enabling the development of a health expectancy measure by the Ministry of Health
  • supporting policy analysis, programme development, and service delivery
  • advocating for the rights of disabled people.

Frequently asked questions about the Disability Survey

Please email queries about the Disability Survey to info@stats.govt.nz.

Page updated 6 March 2014