This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data.
Key findings in 2018-19 include:
- There was a total of 114,435 serious workers’ compensation claims
- The 3 occupations with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were:
- community and personal service workers
- machinery operators and drivers.
- The 3 industries with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were:
- agriculture, forestry and fishing
- manufacturing, and
- transport, postal and warehousing.
- The 3 most common injury types were:
- traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (39% of all serious claims)
- wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage (16%)
- musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases (16%).
Key findings from the trend analysis from 2008-09 to 2017-18 include:
- The rate of serious claims per million hours worked decreased by 26% (from 7.7 to 5.7 serious claims per million hours worked) from 2008-09 to 2017-18.
- The median time lost for a serious claim increased by 24% (from 5.0 to 6.2 working weeks) from 2008-09 to 2017-18.
For more, see the Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2018-19 report.