Labour Market Outcomes and Welfare Dependence of Persons with Disabilities in Australia
Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 02/03
Date: February 2003
This paper examines the relationship between disability and labour market outcomes, and between disability and dependence on welfare in Australia in recent years. It contains three components. The first component (Section 4) uses the public-access unit record files from the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers conducted in 1998 (SDAC98) to describe the incidence and composition of disability in 1998 and to present descriptive statistics on the relationship between disability and labour market and welfare outcomes in 1998. In the second component (Section 5), regression analysis is employed to examine the relationship between disability and labour market outcomes and welfare dependence in 1998, also using the SDAC98. The third component (Section 6) examines trends over time in these relationships using descriptive statistics drawn from the SDAC98, the unit record files of the 1993 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC93) and Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) administrative data for the period 1980-2000.