Factsheet: The Disability Poverty Cycle
16 October 2023
This factsheet produced alongside Advocacy for Inclusion provides an overview of the Disability Poverty Cycle in the ACT and raises awareness for Anti-Poverty Weeks 2023.
Poverty disproportionately impacts marginalised people, exacerbating financial costs and social disadvantage. Many people with disability experience poor economic outcomes, un(der)employment, financial hardship and poverty. In 2010, Australia ranked the lowest among OECD countries for the relative income of people with disabilities.
The most recent estimates for the ACT indicate that:
- In the ACT, the weekly personal income of people with disability was estimated as $700, nearly half that of people with no reported disability ($1343)
- People with disability represent 44% of people in the two lowest income quintiles
- In June 2023, there were 8805 Disability Support Pension payments in the ACT