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Tuesday, 20 September 1983
Page: 1040

Question No. 355


Mr Ronald Edwards asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment upon notice, on 23 August 1983:

Is the Minister able to provide an analysis of claims for compensation resulting from repetitive strain injury in the Minister's Department for each of the years 1978 to 1983.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

A total of 27 claims for compensation as a result of repetitive strain injury has been made on my Department and the statutory authorities within my portfolio since 1978. An analysis of the claims is shown below:

1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 Total

Number claims . . . . 1 2 5 19 27 Number settled 1 2 5 10 18 Number outstanding . . . . . . 9 9 Sex-

Male . . . . 1 3 4 Female 1 2 4 16 23 Type of work-

Keyboard 1 2 3 15 21 Film checking . . . . . . 3 3 Repetitive drawing . . . . 2 . . 2 File checking . . . . . . 1 1

An analysis of claims made on each body is shown below:

1.-DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT

(Includes Secretariat to the Museum of Australia)

1983

Number claims 1 Number settled 1 Number outstanding . . Sex-

Male . . Female 1 Type of work-keyboard 1

2.-AUSTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION

1982 1983

Number claims 1 1 Number settled 1 . . Number outstanding . . 1 Sex-

Male . . . . Female 1 1 Type of work-

Keyboard . . 1 Repetitive drawing (e.g. animation) 1 . .

3.-AUSTRALIAN FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL

1982

Number claims 1 Number settled . . Number outstanding 1 Sex-

Male 1 Female . . Type of work-repetitive drawing 1

4.-AUSTRALIAN ARCHIVES

1983

Number claims 1 Number settled 1 Number outstanding . . Sex-

Male . . Female 1 Type of work-keyboard 1

5.-AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GALLERY

1983

Number claims 1 Number settled . . Number outstanding 1 Sex-

Male . . Female 1 Type of work-keyboard 1

6.-NATIONAL LIBRARY

1980 1981 1982 1983

Number claims 1 2 3 15 Number settled 1 2 3 8 Number outstanding . . . . . . 7 Sex-

Male . . . . . . 3 Female 1 2 3 12 Type of work-

Keyboard 1 2 3 11 Film checking . . . . . . 3 Card file checking . . . . . . 1

7. No claims for compensation from repetitive strain injury have been made on the Australian Heritage Commission, Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Australian War Memorial, Australia Council, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Office of the Supervising Scientist, or the Australian Bicentennial Authority.