Table 1

Injured worker characteristics by jurisdiction of compensation claim

2010/2011 covered workers (thousands)*Workers (>2 weeks' time loss)Mean (SD) age in yearsFemale % (n)Mental health condition, % (n)Most common industry, % (n)Most common occupation, % (n)Most advantaged quintile, % (n)Most dis-advantaged quintile, % (n)
Entire data set10 09695 97642.2 (12.6)37.6 (36 134)7.7 (7349)HC/SA
15.3 (14 491)
Labourers
22.9 (21 973)
18.5 (15 347)17.9 (14 799)
New South Wales307833 39942.1 (12.6)38.2 (12 767)8.1 (2709)HC/SA
14.7 (4896)
Labourers
20.2 (6756)
21.2 (5477)19.9 (5139)
Victoria257718 96543.2 (12.4)36.8 (6973)10.2 (1930)Manufacturing
18.8 (3573)
Labourers
23.8 (4522)
18.4 (3126)15.7 (2674)
Queensland190021 72241.3 (12.8)37.6 (8171)4.8 (1032)HC/SA
15.8 (3406)
Labourers
27.4 (5910)
12.8 (2787)16.6 (3605)
South Australia719640242.8 (12.1)41.6 (2665)9.6 (616)HC/SA
24.0 (1378)
Labourers
21.4 (1371)
9.3 (455)30.1 (1466)
Western Australia1098919541.7 (13.0)33.1 (3042)3.3 (308)HC/SA
15.8 (1448)
Labourers
24.5 (2257)
30.2 (2186)4.0 (290)
Tasmania210249142.0 (12.3)38.9 (969)11.5 (286)HC/SA
17.9 (445)
Labourers
31.8 (793)
3.3 (83)49.0 (1218)
Northern Territory114106840.5 (13.3)30.8 (329)6.4 (68)Public administration and safety
12.0 (128)
Labourers
23.2 (248)
18.5 (177)15.4 (147)
Comcare400273446.0 (10.1)44.6 (1218)14.6 (400)HC/SA
15.3 (1557)
Clerical and administrative
50.9 (1392)
38.8 (1056)9.5 (260)
  • *N workers covered by workers’ compensation in each jurisdiction. Data provided by Safe Work Australia.31

  • HC/SA, healthcare and social assistance.