This database has details on all work-related deaths in Australia. We collect information from workers’ compensation data, fatality notifications to work health and safety (WHS) authorities and information in the National Coronial Information System.
The database includes all people who died from injuries:
at or from work
in Australia or a territorial sea.
Who’s included in the database
The database includes:
unpaid volunteers and family workers, carrying out work experience
defence force personnel killed within Australian territories or territorial sea or travelling for work.
bystanders (people who died from someone else’s work activity).
It doesn’t include people who died from:
medical intervention (iatrogenic injuries)
natural causes, such as heart attacks and strokes, except where a work-related injury was the direct cause of the heart attack or stroke
self-inflicted injuries (suicide).
Using the work-related traumatic injury fatalities database
You can see the number of fatalities and fatality rate by sex, age, industry, job and cause in the reports:
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2020
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2019
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2018
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2017
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2016
We may make minor changes each year if we get more information.
The 2020 statistics should be considered in the broader context of the COVID-19 pandemic when comparing data over previous periods. The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this data are explored in the COVID-19 and Safe Work Australia data report.
The Work-related fatalities full time series (2003 to 2020) has electronic tables by industry, job, main cause and demographics.
If you would to request data visit our Request data page