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This page provides statistics on worker fatalities by the state or territory where the death occurred.

  • The most populous states accounted for the majority of fatalities over the last 10 years. New South Wales accounted for 29% of worker fatalities followed by Queensland with 25%, and Victoria with 19%.
  • In 2016, 53 workers were killed in New South Wales, 45 in Queensland, 31 in Victoria and 20 in Western Australia.

Table 1: Worker fatalities: number by state/territory of death, 2003 and 2012-2016 (sorted by 2016 fatalities)

State/Territory 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 % of 2016 10yr average (2007-2016)
New South Wales 85 83 54 58 62 53 29% 29%
Queensland 57 57 54 50 51 45 25% 25%
Victoria 54 35 33 42 38 31 17% 19%
South Australia 13 13 15 10 10 21 12% 6%
Western Australia 28 25 33 25 43 20 11% 14%
Tasmania 17 6 8 8 6 6 3% 4%
Northern Territory 4 9 4 4 1 5 3% 3%
Australian Capital Territory 1 3 1 .. .. 1 1% 0%
Total 259 231 202 197 211 182 100% 100%

Table 2: Worker fatalities: fatality rate by state/territory of death, 2003 and 2012 to 2016

State/Territory 2003 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 10yr average (2007-2016)
New South Wales 2.7 2.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.9
Queensland 3.2 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.2 1.9 2.6
Victoria 2.3 1.3 1.2 1.5 1.3 1.0 1.6
South Australia 1.8 1.6 1.9 1.2 1.2 2.6 1.9
Western Australia 2.9 1.9 2.5 1.9 3.2 1.5 2.6
Tasmania 8.2 2.6 3.5 3.4 2.5 2.5 3.6
Northern Territory 4.1 7.1 3.1 3.0 0.8 3.8 4.9
Australian Capital Territory 0.6 1.4 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
Total 2.7 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.5 2.1

Over the 10 years from 2007 to 2016, Transport, postal and warehousing accounted for the largest number of fatalities in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, whereas Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounted for the most fatalities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

 

Table 3: Worker fatalities: number by state/territory of death and the industries with the highest number of fatalities, 2007 to 2016 combined

Industry New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Northern Territory Total* (2007-2016)
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 141 143 113 60 40 34 23 554
Transport, postal and warehousing 169 146 105 75 32 11 14 553
Construction 100 99 70 40 26 11 5 354
Manufacturing 62 42 34 38 7 6 1 190
Administrative and support services 23 21 20 12 6 1 2 85
Mining 15 19 7 32 8 3 1 85
Public administration and safety 22 20 17 8 6 6 2 82
Wholesale trade 24 15 10 6 5 .. 1 61
Arts and recreation services 20 23 4 6 3 .. 2 59
Retail trade 23 10 10 6 3 4 2 58
Other industries 68 53 52 39 15 9 8 248
Total 667 591 442 322 151 85 61 2,329

* includes Australian Capital Territory.

Table 4: Worker fatalities: percentage by state/territory of incident and the industries with the highest number of fatalities, 2007 to 2016 combined

Industry New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Northern Territory Total* (2007-2016)
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 21% 24% 26% 19% 26% 40% 38% 24%
Transport, postal and warehousing 25% 25% 24% 23% 21% 13% 23% 24%
Construction 15% 17% 16% 12% 17% 13% 8% 15%
Manufacturing 9% 7% 8% 12% 5% 7% 2% 8%
Administrative and support services 3% 4% 5% 4% 4% 1% 3% 4%
Mining 2% 3% 2% 10% 5% 4% 2% 4%
Public administration and safety 3% 3% 4% 2% 4% 7% 3% 4%
Wholesale trade 4% 3% 2% 2% 3% 0% 2% 3%
Arts and recreation services 3% 4% 1% 2% 2% 0% 3% 3%
Retail trade 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 5% 3% 2%
Other industries 10% 9% 12% 12% 10% 11% 13% 11%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

* includes Australian Capital Territory.

** Note: The percentages shown in this table have been rounded to the nearest whole number, therefore the sum of percentage figures for each column may not equal the total.

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