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Disabilities

Disability statistics give you information about the number of disabled children and adults living in New Zealand. Find out about the nature and cause of impairments, the type of support needed, and how well disabled people are faring compared with non-disabled people.

You can also find information about:

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

About the New Zealand Disability Survey

Latest news

Social and economic outcomes for disabled people: Findings from the 2013 Disability Survey

Social and economic outcomes for disabled people is a report that compares disabled and non-disabled people across a range of social and economic characteristics. Using findings from the 2013 New Zealand Disability Survey, we examine various life aspects such as employment, income, education, safety, social contact, and overall well-being.

2013 Disability Survey: Social and economic outcomes tables
Results from the 2013 Disability Survey in Excel format that provide information on the social and economic outcomes of disabled and non-disabled people. Includes labour force status, income and educational attainment, feelings of safety and experience of crime, social contact, access to leisure activities, self-reported health status, and overall life satisfaction.

2013 Disability Survey: Information release
The first results from Statistics NZ's fourth disability survey focus on the prevalence of disability across the population, including prevalence within different sub-populations (eg age and ethnic groups), types of impairment, Māori, and regional information.

The release includes a downloadable Word version for screen readers.

Download an easy-read version of key facts from the 2013 Disability Survey.

View brochure of key findings from the 2013 Disability Survey.

We will continue to release data from the 2013 Disability Survey throughout 2014. 

Information releases

2013 Disability Survey
2006 Disability Survey
2001 Disability Survey
1996 Disability Survey

Data

Analyse the numbers.

2013 Disability Survey: Social and economic outcomes - tables
Excel tables that provide information on the social and economic outcomes of disabled and non-disabled people. Includes labour force status, income and educational attainment, feelings of safety and experience of crime, social contact, access to leisure activities, self-reported health status, and overall life satisfaction.

2013 Disability Survey: Information release - tables 
Excel tables of information from the 2013 Disability Survey. Find data about age, sex, and ethnicity of disabled children and adults, nature of impairments, and information for selected regions.

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.

Information about the data

Topics included in the 2013 Disability Survey  
A summary of topics included in the 2013 Disability Survey and variables in the dataset. 

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. 

View more results from previous disability surveys.

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, 2006, and 2013 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 households)
  • 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 17 June 2014

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