Safe Work Australia’s Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics publication provides detailed information on workers’ compensation claims in Australia. The intent of issuing the publication is to improve public access to information about work health and safety.
Data are presented by key variables such as industry, occupation, age group and gender. The report also includes information on the circumstances surrounding work-related injuries and diseases, time lost from work and compensation paid.
The report presents statistics in the form of “serious claims”.
A serious claim is an accepted workers’ compensation claim for an incapacity that resulted in a total absence from work of one working week or more. Serious claims exclude compensated fatalities.
The statistics in the most current publication are of Australian workers’ compensation claims that were lodged between 2000–01 and 2018–19. The statistics are an indicator of Australia’s work health and safety performance over the 19–year period between 2000–01 and 2018–19.
Key findings of the report include:
As well as an employer’s lawful obligations to ensure the workplace is safe and that anyone working in or visiting the workplace is not exposed to hazards or harmed by the work, getting work health and safety rights delivers many benefits to people and to organisations; greater productivity, lower absenteeism, fewer workplace injury and workers’ compensation claims and lower workers’ compensation premiums.
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