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In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion, representing 4.1% of GDP.

  • The majority of the cost (95%) was borne by individuals and society.
  • Workers bore 77%, the community 18% and employers 5%.
  • Injuries accounted for $28 billion (45%) of the cost.

Breakdown by illness by occupation

  • Managers and professionals had the highest unit cost for work-related injuries or illnesses of $155,200 and $143,400 respectively in 2012–13.

Technicians and trades workers, machinery operators and drivers, and labourers made up 31% of the workforce, but contributed 58% of total cases and 57% of total costs.

Table 1: Cost ($ million) of work-related injury and illness, by occupation group, 2012–13a

Occupation group

Total Cost ($million)

Distribution (%)

Incidence

Unit Cost

Injury

Disease

Total

Costs

Cases

Workforce

/1000 workers

$/case

Managers

1,600

2,100

3,700

6

5

13

16.6

155,200

Professionals

3,300

4,600

7,900

13

10

22

21.8

143,400

Technicians and trades workers

5,800

6,900

12,700

21

19

15

62.1

123,000

Community and personal service workers

3,900

4,600

8,500

14

15

10

71.6

106,800

Clerical and administrative workers

1,500

2,000

3,500

6

6

15

18.6

112,700

Sales workers

1,400

1,700

3,100

5

6

9

30.1

96,600

Machinery operators and Drivers

4,600

5,300

9,900

16

15

7

102.4

126,400

Labourers

5,900

6,500

12,400

20

23

10

108.2

100,000

Australia

28,000

33,700

61,700

100

100

100

46.5

116,500

aUnits are rounded to the nearest $100 million

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