Disability (Child protection)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
METeOR identifier:748838
Registration status:Children and Families, Standard 03/11/2021

Disability is the umbrella term for any or all of: an impairment of body structure or function, a limitation in activities, or a restriction in participation.

Disability is a multidimensional concept, and is considered as an interaction between health conditions and environment and personal factors. It refers to a limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last for at least six months and restricts every day activities.


Child protection

Collection and usage attributes


This definition of disability applies within the Child protection national minimum data set. For more information, see the Glossary Item Disability.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2021. Child protection national minimum data set, data collection manual 2020-21. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Disability Housing assistance, Standard 01/03/2005, Health, Superseded 29/06/2016, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Superseded 03/11/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005

See also Disability Health, Standard 29/06/2016, Disability, Standard 28/09/2016, Children and Families, Standard 03/11/2021

Metadata items which use this glossary item:

Child protection (CP) client file cluster Children and Families, Standard 03/11/2021