Safe Work Australia has published a new report providing a snapshot of COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims data for 2020.
The data in the snapshot has been fast-tracked to provide timely information on the impacts of COVID-19 for Australian workers.
The report uses preliminary data from Commonwealth, state and territory workers’ compensation authorities and details COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims by type, industry, occupation and jurisdiction.
As at 31 December 2020:
1,222 workers compensation claims related to COVID-19 had been lodged
974 claims were accepted, 127 claims were rejected and 121 claims were pending
75% of accepted and pending claims were for workers who had contracted COVID-19
69% of accepted and pending claims were from the healthcare and social assistance industry
the ‘community and personal services workers’ occupation had the highest number of claims
Victoria had the highest number of accepted and pending claims by jurisdiction