A disability that is severe and affects how a person is able to live their life is classified as a 'profound/severe core activity restriction' .
In 2012, about a quarter of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had a disability . Indigenous people had higher rates of disabilities than non-Indigenous people across all age groups and for both males and females. Indigenous children aged 0-14 years were more than twice as likely as non-Indigenous children to have a disability.
In 2011 about one-in-twenty (5%) of Indigenous people needed assistance with looking after themselves, getting around or communicating . These needs for assistance generally increased with age among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; the proportions requiring assistance were higher among Indigenous people than among their non-Indigenous counterparts for all age-groups.