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Work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths impose both direct costs and indirect costs on employers, workers and the community. The costs are estimated using a methodology developed by the former National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

Costs of work-related injuries and diseases 2000-01 2005-06 2008-09 2012-13
Total estimated cost (billion) $34.3 $57.5 $60.6 $61.8
Estimated cost as a percentage of GDP 5.0% 5.9% 4.8% 4.1%
Percentage of cost borne by employers 3% 4% 5% 5%
Percentage of cost borne by workers 44% 49% 74% 77%
Percentage of cost borne by community 53% 47% 21% 18%

This infographic shows that partial incapacity accounts for the highest proportion of the cost of work-related injuries and diseases ($46.2 billion) followed by long absence ($6.5 billion).

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