Cost of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities

We publish research on the cost of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities by job, age and sex, state and territory, and type of injury and illness. 

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. 

How we measure cost 

We can estimate how much work-related injury and diseases costs by using data from different sources. 

However, we can’t measure the entire cost to businesses and the community, particularly indirect costs. 

The method we use to estimate cost can be found in our report

Reports on injury and illness 

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