We research and collect data on work-related disease to understand the incidence and extent of work-related diseases in Australia.
We produce reports on work-related diseases and priority diseases.
Work-related disease research issues
It’s hard to know exactly how often work-related diseases happen or how they’ve changed over time or across industries. This is because:
people can get sick from exposures both at work and outside the workplace
some diseases can take a long time to show symptoms after a worker is exposed, and
workers can find it hard to link their illness to work and report it, so the data doesn’t show in the workers’ compensation system.
Research and reports on work-related disease
Australian workers’ compensation statistics
These reports summarise Australian workers’ compensation statistics, including;
claims that were made by workers
trends over time, and
an overview of time lost and amounts paid.
We present data by industry, job, age group and sex.
Australian Mesothelioma Registry
Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer and is often work-related.
The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) records and monitors:
diagnosed cases of mesothelioma
deaths from the disease, and
the likely asbestos exposure of people who have mesothelioma.
The AMR shows groups most at risk of asbestos exposure.
It informs policies to prevent exposure and helps us know how much the disease could cost the community in the future.
Mesothelioma in Australia 2019
This report has data on:
cases of mesothelioma from 2011 to 2019 (National Cancer Statistics Clearing House), and
deaths from mesothelioma from 2012 to 2019 (National Mortality Database).
If you would to request data visit our Request data page