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z Julia Gillard

z Brendan O'Connor

z Kate Ellis

z Maxine McKew

z Ursula Stephens

The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 18 February, 2008

Media Release

OHS Comparative Report Released

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:

z 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. z Over 114 000 inspections of workplaces were undertaken around Australia with 67 200 notices issued.

z Over 900 prosecutions were commenced and almost $23 million in fines were handed out by the

courts. z Body Stressing continues to be the injury/disease that accounts for the greatest proportion of claims

(42 per cent). z 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. z The manufacturing industry recorded the highest incidence/claim rates per 1000 employees (28.6),

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followed by: transport and storage (28.3); agriculture, forestry and fishing (25.9); and construction

(25.3). z 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.

The Compendium series can be found at www.ascc.gov.au. The CPM report series can be found at

www.workplace.gov.au/cpm.

Media Contact:

Kimberley Gardiner 0434 159 842

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