Safe Work Australia has released the 2016- 2017 Australian workers’ compensation statistics report.
Safe Work Australia said the report provides detailed statistics about workers’ compensation claims in Australia.
The statistics in this report are of Australian workers’ compensation claims that were lodged between 2000–01 and 2016–17.
The statistics are an indicator of Australia’s work health and safety performance over the 17-year period between 2000–01 and 2016–17 and includes data broken down by sex, age, occupation, industry, nature of injury or disease, mechanism of injury or disease, and bodily location of the injury or disease.
According to the report, the Health care and social assistance industry accounted for 16 percent of serious claims in 2016-17, followed by the Manufacturing and Construction industries which accounted for a further 12 percent of serious claims each. Together, these industries accounted for 40 percent of all serious claims, but less than 30 percent of the workforce
The report shows labourers accounted for almost a quarter (24 percent) of all serious claims in 2016-17, followed by Technicians and trades workers (18 percent) and Community and personal service workers (17 percent). Together, employees working in these occupations accounted for more than 50 percent of all serious claims, however, they only represent 34 percent of the workforce,