Government reports and census data indicates that 18.2% of the NSW population has a disability – almost one in five people (1.37 million of the 7.413 million NSW residents). This is reflective of the national statistic of 18.5% of Australians reporting a disability.

NSW is placed in the middle of the disability prevalence rates for all states and territories, with Tasmania and South Australia recording higher rates (at 25.2% and 22% respectively) and Northern Territory, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory recording lower rates (11.3%, 14% and 15.8% respectively).