Poor health and disability remain strongly linked to social exclusion in Australia.

In measuring social exclusion from the latest data (2018) we found that 54% of Australians who have a long-term health condition or disability experience some level of exclusion. Over 16% experience deep social exclusion.

Since 2010, the rate of social exclusion in this group has fluctuated, but remained above 50%. This is twice the rate for all Australians in 2018.

In the graph below, the ‘all social exclusion’ line shows the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion.

Line graph of marginal and deep social exclusion by health, Australia, 2009 to 2018
To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St. Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2020’.

Data table

DSocial exclusion for Australians with a long-term health condition or disability, %, 2009–18
All social exclusion
Persons with long-term ill health/disability – all social exclusion48.853.452.550.650.753.054.154.952.053.7
Deep exclusion14.714.715.615.615.716.115.416.616.416.2

About the social exclusion monitor

The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 18 of the HILDA Survey in October 2020.