Cost of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities

Work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths cost employers, workers and the community. 

Costs can be: 

  • direct – employers pay workers’ compensation 

  • indirect – lost productivity, current and future earnings, potential output and cost of social welfare programs. 

How severe the injury or disease is affects how much it costs. 

The economic impact of work-related injuries and illnesses

We commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to explore the cost of workplace injury and illness in Australia. Using an innovative modelling approach, the study demonstrates how much value could be created within the Australian economy by removing work-related injury and illness. 

Read Safer, healthier, wealthier: The economic value of reducing work-related injuries and illnesses

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