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Safe Work Australia releases report, outlining trends in work health and safety

Freya Lucas (The Sector)

Safe Work Australia has released the latest Comparative Performance Monitoring report, providing trend analyses on the work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand.

Workplace Health and Safety
Workplace Health and Safety

This report facilitates the improvement of work health and safety, workers’ compensation and related service outcomes in Australia and New Zealand by monitoring the comparative performance of jurisdictions over time, and enabling benchmarking across jurisdictions and the identification of best practice to support policy making.

The report will be of interest to those working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, and those within supporting roles in the sector who have overarching responsibility for workplace health and safety, and analyses data from 2018–19.

Complementing the Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand which provides detailed information about workers’ compensation arrangements and the differences between schemes in Australia and New Zealand, the report is divided into three parts:

Part One focuses on work health and safety performance, including comparing serious claim rates and work-related fatalities across states and territories, and shows that over the past five years, the incident rate of serious workers’ compensation claims has decreased (down 9 per cent) across Australia (from 10.3 claims per 1,000 employees in 2013–14 to 9.4 in 2017–18).


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