The Cost of Autism

The economic cost of autism in Australia in 2011 (based on a prevalence of 1/160 found in 2007) was estimated to be around $10 Billion per annum1.

The latest official data on the number of people with autism in Australia produced by the ABS in 2012 showed an estimated 115,400 Australians (0.5%) had autism2. This was a 79% increase on the 64,400 people estimated to have the condition in 20093.

This suggests that the economic cost of autism now (moving into 2015) is probably twice as much as the 2011 figure ie $20 Billion/year.

1. Economic Costs of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia Synergies Economic Consulting (2011)

2. 4428.0 - Autism in Australia 2012

3. 4428.0 - Autism in Australia 2009