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Safe Work Australia compiles the National Dataset for Compensation-based Statistics which comprises information on workers’ compensation claims provided by each of the jurisdictional workers’ compensation authorities.

Data in this report refers to serious claims only.  Serious claims relate to where the compensated injury or disease resulted in one week or more off work. Data for 2018-19 is preliminary (denoted by a ‘p’) and subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised. Serious claim numbers are rounded to the nearest five and, as such, the figures may not add to the total. Further explanatory notes on the data can be found in the Explanatory notes for Safe Work Australia datasets

Serious claims statistics, 2018–19p*

Serious claims statistics, 2018–19p*

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.

Serious claim rate, 2000–01 to 2018–19p*

Serious claim rate, 2000–01 to 2018–19p*

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.

Serious claims by gender, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by gender, 2018–19p*

Gender Number of serious claims Frequency rate
(serious claims
per million hours
worked)
Incidence rate
(serious claims per
1,000 employees)
Female 42,965 5.1 7.3
Male 71,465 6.2 11.4
Total 114,435 5.7 9.4

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.

Serious claims by age group, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by age group, 2018–19p*

Age group (years) Number of serious claims Frequency rate
(serious claims per
million hours worked)
Incidence rate
(serious claims per
1,000 employees)
Under 20 3,785 5.9 5.3
20-24 10,385 5.6 8.0
25-29 12,000 4.7 8.0
30-34 11,465 4.5 7.9
35-39 11,185 4.7 8.2
40-44 11,965 5.4 9.5
45-49 14,230 6.2 11.1
50-54 13,950 7.0 12.3
55-59 13,320 7.7 13.1
60-64 8,715 8.2 12.7
65 and over 3,430 6.0 7.9
Total 114,435 5.7 9.4

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.

Serious claims by mechanism of incident, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by mechanism of incident, 2018–19p*

Mechanism of incident Number of serious claims % of serious claims
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Body stressing 15,350 26,045 41,395 36% 36% 36%
Falls, trips and slips of a person 10,789 15,210 26,000 25% 21% 23%
Being hit by moving objects 5,595 12,760 18,355 13% 18% 16%
Mental stress 5,600 3,910 9,510 13% 5% 8%
Hitting objects with a part of the body 1,795 5,880 7,675 4% 8% 7%
Other mechanisms of incident** 2,230 3,980 6,215 5% 6% 5%
Vehicle collisions*** 715 1,945 2,660 2% 3% 2%
Heat, electricity and other environmental factors 630 955 1,580 1% 1% 1%
Chemicals and other substances 265 780 1,045 1% 1% 1%
Total 42,965 71,465 114,435 100% 100% 100%

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.
**other mechanisms of incident include biological factors, sound and pressure, other multiple mechanisms of incident, roll over, slide or cave-in and unspecified mechanisms of incident.
***vehicle collisions include claims where the injury was the direct result of a vehicle crash. Vehicles include not only road vehicles such as cars and trucks, but also machines such as aircraft, boats, loaders, tractors and quad bikes.

Serious claims by nature of injury/disease, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by nature of injury/disease, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by nature of injury/disease, 2018–19p*

Nature of injury or disease Number of serious claims % of serious claims
Female Male Total Female Male Total
Traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries 17,550 27,595 45,145 41% 39% 39%
Wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage 4,465 13,425 17,895 10% 19% 16%
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases 7,280 10,495 17,780 17% 15% 16%
Fractures 4,065 7,970 12,035 9% 11% 11%
Mental health conditions 5,845 4,170 10,015 14% 6% 9%
Other injuries 1,290 2,370 3,660 3% 3% 3%
Digestive system diseases 135 2,020 2,155 0% 3% 2%
Burns 655 1,115 1,770 2% 2% 2%
Nervous system and sense organ diseases 525 610 1,135 1% 1% 1%
Intracranial injuries 475 525 995 1% 1% 1%
Total*** 42,965 71,465 114,435 100% 100% 100%

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.
**other injuries includes those related to poisoning, electrocution, air pressure, weather conditions, unspecified injuries and injuries not classified elsewhere.
***injuries or diseases accounting for less than 1% of serious claims are not included separately but are included in the total.

Serious claims by bodily location of injury, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by bodily location of injury, 2018–19p*

Body location of injury/disease Number of Serious claims % of serious claims
Arms/upper limbs 27,900 24%
Lower limbs 26,545 23%
Back 20,675 18%
Neck and shoulder 14,615 13%
Non physical locations 10,005 9%
Other locations*** 5,075 4%
Chest/abdomen 4,930 4%
Head 4,040 4%
Total** 114,435 100%

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.
**other locations include multiple locations, systemic locations, and trunk excluding chest and abdomen
***claim numbers are rounded to the nearest five. Claims where the bodily location was unknown are not included separately, but are included in the total.

Serious claims by occupation, 2018–19p*

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Occupation Number of serious claims Frequency rate
(serious claims
per million
hours worked)
Incidence rate
(serious claims
per 1,000
employees)
Labourers 27,090 16.4 23.7
Community and personal service workers 21,075 11.9 15.2
Machinery operators and drivers 15,870 10.4 19.9
Technicians and trades workers 20,755 7.0 13.3
Sales workers 5,120 3.6 4.5
Professionals 11,645 2.3 3.9
Clerical and administrative workers 5,420 2.0 3.1
Managers 5,420 1.9 3.9
Total** 114,435 5.7 9.4

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.
**claim numbers are rounded to the nearest five. Claims where the occupation was unknown are not included separately, but are included in the total.

Serious claims by industry, 2018–19p*

Serious claims by industry, 2018–19p*

Industry Number of serious claims Frequency rate
(serious claims per
million hours worked)
Incidence rate
(serious claims per
1,000 employees)
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3,565 9.2 17.2
Manufacturing 13,410 8.4 15.7
Transport, postal and warehousing 8,905 8.2 15.2
Health care and social assistance 19,505 8.1 11.6
Construction 14,280 7.6 15.2
Arts and recreation services 2,290 7.4 9.3
Wholesale trade 4,910 7.0 13.1
Administrative and support services 5,250 7.0 11.0
Public administration and safety 8,760 6.1 10.2
Accommodation and food services 6,205 5.5 6.8
Retail trade 8,770 5.0 6.9
Mining 2,525 4.8 10.5
Education and training 7,530 4.6 7.1
Other services 2,935 4.2 7.0
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 1,165 3.9 7.6
Rental, hiring and real estate services 1,080 3.0 5.3
Information media and telecommunications  475  1.3 2.2
Professional, scientific and technical services 2,120 1.2 2.1
Financial and insurance services 665 0.9 1.5
Total*** 114,435 5.7 9.4

*preliminary data subject to revision in future years as further claims are finalised.
**other industries include all other industries excluding the top seven industries by number of serious claims.
***claim numbers are rounded to the nearest five. Claims where the industry was unknown are not included separately, but are included in the total.

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