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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1712

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Which States do not yet use the minimum standard adopted in 1958 for producing statistics on industrial accidents.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The honourable member's question doubtless refers to the 'Standard Minimum Content of Collection Form' considered by the 20th Conference of Statisticians of Australia in 1958 as being highly desirable for those States commencing (or envisaging commencement of) collection of industrial accident statistics derived from reports of work injuries compensated under State workers compensation acts.

For each State statistics are now produced which either purport to meet this standard minimum content or are wider in scope. Each separate State system provides a volume of statistical data concerning industrial accidents within the State and from these the Commonwealth Statistician has recently attempted to derive Australian figures on the minimum basis. Following examination of the available data and special tabulations, he has concluded that the figures cannot be accepted as sufficiently comparable to warrant their publication as official statistics for Australia on a uniform basis. Sufficient comparability seems unlikely to be achieved without further development and investigation into the basis of the figures. This work is now proceeding on a limited scale.

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