Disability Support Workers: The forgotten workforce in COVID-19

This report describes the findings from a national survey of 357 disability support workers conducted online between May and June 2020.

The findings from this survey are important for governments, services, people with disability and their support workers as they provide guidance on how to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection among people with disability and the workers that support them.

COVID-19 really emphasised in my mind how overlooked the disability sector is. At the beginning the government kept talking about health care workers and nursing homes but I never heard any mention of disability. It left us in unknown territory and felt like we had just been forgotten

The report and associated Fact Sheets are available for download in PDF.

The Fact Sheets include:

  1. Keeping Disability Support Workers and People with Disability Safe
  2. Financial and Psychological Impacts of COVID-19
Download report and associated Fact Sheets (off-site)
School of Population and Global Health

Melbourne University

Date published:
Mon 3rd Aug, 2020