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Safe Work Australia has published a new report providing a snapshot of COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims data for 2020

The data in the snapshot has been fast-tracked to provide timely information on the impacts of COVID-19 for Australian workers. 

The report uses preliminary data from Commonwealth, state and territory workers’ compensation authorities and details COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims by type, industry, occupation and jurisdiction.

As at 31 December 2020:

  • 1,222 workers compensation claims related to COVID-19 had been lodged 
  • 974 claims were accepted, 127 claims were rejected and 121 claims were pending
  • 75% of accepted and pending claims were for workers who had contracted COVID-19
  • 69% of accepted and pending claims were from the healthcare and social assistance industry
  • the ‘community and personal services workers’ occupation had the highest number of claims
  • Victoria had the highest number of accepted and pending claims by jurisdiction

For more information, download COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims - 1 January to 31 December 2020.

Please note, this report replaces the COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims to 31 July 2020 report published in November 2020. The scope of data is different, and for this reason the two reports are not comparable.

For guidance on COVID-19 and work health and safety, go to the COVID-19 Information for workplaces.
 

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