The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations today released the Comparative Performance Monitoring report on Australia’s occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation outcomes in 2005-06.
The report was endorsed by State and Territory Workplace Relations Ministers at the recent Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council meeting in Melbourne.
The results indicate that we are taking steps in the right direction in some areas however more needs to be done under the National OHS Strategy to ensure safer workplaces in Australia.
Key findings in the report include:
- There were 231 compensated fatalities recorded in Australia for 2005–06, of which 184 were from injury and musculoskeletal disorders and 47 were from other diseases.
- Over 114 000 inspections of workplaces were undertaken around Australia with 67 200 notices issued.
- Over 900 prosecutions were commenced and almost $23 million in fines were handed out by the courts.
- Body Stressing continues to be the injury/disease that accounts for the greatest proportion of claims (42 per cent).
- Australian workers’ compensation schemes expended more than $5.7 billion, of which around half (52 per cent) was paid direct to injured workers in compensation for their injury or illness.
- The manufacturing industry recorded the highest incidence/claim rates per 1000 employees (28.6), followed by: transport and storage (28.3); agriculture, forestry and fishing (25.9); and construction (25.3).
- 80 per cent of injured workers successfully returned to work within eight to 10 months of sustaining their injury.
The Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report is complemented by the Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics, which provides more detailed analysis of national workers’ compensation data.