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Friday, 29 November 1985
Page: 2631

(Question No. 558)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 8 October 1985:

(1) How many Repetition Strain Injury (RSI) cases are currently recorded with the Department of the Treasury, and what is the breakdown of these figures in the years 1980-85.

(2) Are there any significant trends in regard to where these staff are primarily located (i) by State and (ii) nature of work.

(3) How many workers, by State, are currently on leave because of RSI claims.

(4) How many workers, by State, have sought compensation.

(5) What periods of time are taken to process claims and finalise claims.

Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The following table indicates the number of Repetition Strain Injury (RSI) cases recorded in the Department of the Treasury in the years 1980 to 1985.

1980 -; 1981 -; 1982 -; 1983 3; 1984 29; 1985 18-total 50.

Twenty one of the cases were in respect of Royal Australian Mint Staff.

(2) (i) All staff with RSI have been located in the A.C.T. (only a few Treasury staff are located outside the A.C.T.).

(ii) The staff concerned worked in the following areas:

Keyboard Staff... 26

Clerical... 4

Tea Attendant... 1

Proof Coins and Medals... 12

Count and Wrap... 4

Engraving... 1

Tooling... 1

Maintenance... 1

(3) 9.

(4) 48.

All compensation claims are referred to the Commissioner for Employees' Compensation for determination. The average time taken to process claims from the date of lodgement until the date of determination is 4.6 months.