The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) produced a brief report that summarises recent Government data on autistic people in Australia.
- "an estimated 164,000 Australians had autism in 2015"
- The number of people with autism in Australia has increased considerably in recent years, up from an estimated 64,400 people in 2009
- 143,900 were identified as also having disability (88%)
- with 83% (of autistic people] aged under 25 [years]
- The majority (85%) reported difficulty at school, with more than 1 in 4 (28%) attending a special school
- The most common types of difficulty experienced were fitting in socially (63%), learning difficulties (62%) and communication difficulties (52%)
- The majority of people with autism (65%) had a disability with a profound or severe limitation in core activities (ABS 2016b). Core activity limitation refers to needing help or supervision with communication, mobility or self-care because of a person’s disability or long-term health condition. Around 58% of people with autism and disability had severe or profound restrictions in communication, which involves understanding or being understood by others
- Almost 4 in 5 (79%) NDA service users with autism were aged under 25 and close to 2 in 5 (37%) were aged 5–14 years. Male service users outnumbered females by about 4 to 1—79% of service users with autism were male.
- Almost 1 in 4 (24%) were employed and 1 in 3 (34%) were unemployed.