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This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data.

Key findings in 2018-19 include:

  • There was a total of 114,435 serious workers’ compensation claims
  • The 3 occupations with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were: 
    1. labourers
    2. community and personal service workers
    3. machinery operators and drivers.
  • The 3 industries with the highest rate of serious claims (per million hours worked) were: 
    1. agriculture, forestry and fishing
    2. manufacturing, and 
    3. transport, postal and warehousing.
  • The 3 most common injury types were: 
    1. traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (39% of all serious claims)
    2. wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage (16%)
    3. musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases (16%).

Key findings from the trend analysis from 2008-09 to 2017-18 include:

  • The rate of serious claims per million hours worked decreased by 26% (from 7.7 to 5.7 serious claims per million hours worked) from 2008-09 to 2017-18.
  • The median time lost for a serious claim increased by 24% (from 5.0 to 6.2 working weeks) from 2008-09 to 2017-18.

For more, see the Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2018-19 report.
 

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