This FACT indicates the number of disability services and support organisations in each Australian capital city. Governmental, non-governmental or private institutions provide services and support for people with disabilities. These bodies cater for people who have mental or physical disabilities, with the aim of helping them to more fully participate in society and community life. Some services and support organisations are mandated or required by law, while others are run privately and often cater for niche markets.
The types of organisations included in this data are: charities, legal support and referral services, family welfare organisations, domestic help services, child health and support centres, and disadvantaged groups aid organisations. Services and organisations that cater for mental and physical illness are not included. The data for this indicator was sourced from the Yellow Pages online directory, and should therefore be taken as a general guide to numbers rather than a definitive set of statistics. Nonetheless, the disparity in numbers raises an interesting point that allows for some extrapolation and cross-pollination of data. The city with the highest number of disability service providers and support organisations is Sydney, at 677, followed closely by Melbourne, at 646. The city with the lowest was Darwin, at 36.