Disability and Poverty in Australia

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Lesson title

Disability and Poverty in Australia

Video title, link and release date

Disability and Poverty in Australia, June 11, 2013

Video Length

Three minutes, Eleven seconds

Grade Level

High school


  • A recent study has shown that Australians with disabilities are twice as likely to be in poverty than the national average.
  • People with disabilities make up 20% of the Australian population — the country’s largest minority group.
  • The report also highlighted that, despite Australia’s standing as a strong national economy, the country’s employment rate for people with disabilities is 54% — compared to 83% for people without.
  • The Australian government has passed a number of laws in the past several years cutting back on employment support for people with disabilities, resulting in greater dependence on welfare programs.

Review Questions

1. How does Australia rank internationally in employment for people with disabilities?


2. When will the new Australian bill on disability care go into effect?


3. What are disability advocates calling for in response?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Do a bit of research on employment and welfare for people with disabilities in the U.S.? How does the U.S. compare to Australia?

What do you want to know more about?

Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.