Work-related injuries

All work-related injuries

In 2009-10 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted a Work-related injuries survey. The following report analyses these by sex and age. Australian work-related injury experience by sex and age, 2009-10.

Compensated injuries

Information on compensated work-related injuries can be found in the Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics reports.

Young Workers

The following report uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2009-10 work-related injuries survey to investigate the work-related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia. The report shows that young workers had higher incidence rates of work-related injury than older workers, with the difference between the incidence rates of young and older workers greatest in the manufacturing, accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance and construction industries. Further key findings and information can be found in the Work-Related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia, 2009-10 report.


A Comparison of Work-Related Injuries Among Shiftworkers and Non-Shiftworkers analyses the characteristics and outcomes of work-related injuries to determine whether there are significant differences between shiftworkers and non-shiftworkers.

An earlier report, The Impact of Shiftwork on Work-related Injuries in Australia provides a detailed analysis of the work-related injuries incurred by shiftworkers based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2005-06 Work-related injuries survey. This survey showed that 16% of the Australian workforce were shiftworkers and that this group of workers recorded an injury rate nearly double the rate of non-shiftworkers.

Employment conditions

The following report uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2005-06 Work-related injuries survey to examine the effect of working under various employment arrangements such as working part-time, working as a casual, being self-employed and undertaking contract work. The Impact of Employment Conditions on Work-related Injuries in Australia.

Hospital data on work-related injuries

These reports review work-related injuries that resulted in a presentation to a hospital emergency department or in an admission to hospital. Case data are from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) and the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD), run by the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit. Some other information was also provided by the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU).


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