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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 state and territory

The differences in treatment of full incapacity claims between jurisdictions are likely to have a significant effect on the distribution of total costs.

  • New South Wales bore 28% of the total cost from 31% of cases nationwide.
  • The relative unit cost in each jurisdiction reflects the total economic cost as a proportion of gross state product. It was highest in Tasmania (7.6%), while the highest unit cost was in the Northern Territory ($183,400 per case).

Table 2.3a: Cost ($ million) of work-related injury and illness, by location of workplace, 2012–13a

State / territory a

Total cost ($ million)

Economic cost %

Distribution (%)

Unit cost

Injury

Disease

Total

GSP/
GDP b

Costs

Cases

Workforce

$/case

Tasmania

900

900

1,800

7.6%

2.9%

2.9%

2.0%

117,700

South Australia

2,100

2,900

5,000

5.3%

8.1%

8.6%

7.0%

110,300

Australian Capital Territory

900

900

1,800

5.3%

3.0%

2.5%

1.8%

137,200

Northern Territory

600

400

1,000

4.9%

1.6%

1.0%

1.2%

183,400

Victoria

5,100

9,500

14,600

4.4%

23.5%

21.8%

24.9%

126,500

Queensland

5,800

6,500

12,300

4.3%

19.9%

19.9%

20.2%

116,700

New South Wales

8,700

8,600

17,300

3.7%

28.1%

30.8%

31.3%

106,000

Western Australia

4,100

3,800

7,900

3.4%

13.0%

12.5%

11.6%

119,000

Australia

28,200

33,500

61,700

4.1%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

116,400

a. Units are rounded to the nearest $100 million

b. Source: ABS State Accounts (Catalogue No. 5220.0), November 2010. Compared with 2009–10 estimates of reference year chained volume measures of GDP and GSP.

c. State or territory is determined by the postcode of the location where the incidence occurred.

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