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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).  

Information releases

2013 Disability Survey (includes a downloadable Word version for screen readers)
2006 Disability Survey
2001 Disability Survey
1996 Disability Survey

Latest news

Disabled people twice as likely to be unemployed (published 2017)
This media release, from Labour Market Statistics (Disability): June 2017 quarter shows that in the June 2017 quarter, disabled people were more likely to be unemployed and their average weekly incomes were just over half those of non-disabled people.

Supporting disabled people: 2013 (published 2017)
This article presents findings on support received by disabled people in some aspects of their personal lives, and is based on data from the 2013 Household Disability Survey (2013 HDS).

Update on the Disability Survey on the Office for Disability Issues website, is where you can find an update on the next Disability Survey, and plans to collect disability information from other sources.

Improving New Zealand disability data (published 2017)
Outlines Stats NZ’s plans to publish new data about disabled people. The paper provides information about the way in which the new data has been produced and why it is needed.

Disability estimates for small areas 2013 (published 2017)
Introduces an interactive data tool that allows people to look at the rates of disability and specific impairments within territorial authority areas.

Territorial authority estimates produced from the Household Disability Survey using small domain estimation: technical description (published 2017)
This document describes how we produced territorial authority estimates using small domain estimation.

Disability and housing conditions: 2013 (published 2017)
Compares housing characteristics of disabled and non-disabled people living in private dwellings using data from the 2013 New Zealand Disability Survey.

Disabled people in rentals most likely to be cold at home – media release (published 2017)

Data

Analyse the numbers.

2013 Disability Survey: Social and economic outcomes tables (published 2014)
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: Labour market tables (published 2014)
Excel tables that provide information on the labour market outcomes of disabled people.

2013 Disability Survey: Social and economic outcomes - tables (published 2014)
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  (published 2014)
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.

He hauā Māori: Findings from the 2013 Disability Survey (published 2015)
The report looks at the prevalence of disability in the Māori population. It also describes how disabled Māori compare with other Māori across social and economic outcomes including employment, income, housing, education, personal security, social connections, health, and overall life satisfaction.

Disability and the labour market: Findings from the 2013 Disability Survey (published 2014)
Examination of how disabled people are faring in the labour market.

Social and economic outcomes for disabled people: Findings from the 2013 Disability Survey (published 2014)
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.   

About the 2013 Disability Survey (published 2014)
Includes video clips and links to YouTube using sign language, and a printable brochure about the 2013 Disability Survey.

Frequently asked questions about the Disability Survey (page updated 2016)
Answers to questions respondents selected for the survey often ask.

Other versions of key findings from the 2013 Disability Survey (published 2014)
Download a brochure and an easy-read version of the key findings from the 2013 Disability Survey.

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.

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

Page updated 8 August 2017

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