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Queensland performance against national strategy targets

This information is taken from the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board Key statistical indicators quarterly update 1 2013-14 (PDF, 288.27 KB) .

Injury and musculoskeletal target

According to the latest Comparative Performance Monitoring Report (CPM) Queensland's performance reversed the improvement over the last two years and ended below the target of 40 percent reduction by 2012. The Queensland injury rate improved by 20.5 per cent over the course of the Strategy.

Serious injuries are those with a duration greater than five days, in the most recent CPM (15th edition) report Queensland recorded a slight increase in these claims.

This increase in the last year of the strategy reduced Queensland's improvement against the base period by 0.6 per cent. See Figure 1, page three of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board key statistical indicator quarterly update.

Queensland's improvement of 20.5 per cent for 2011-12 makes it the sixth most improved jurisdiction out of the ten being measured across Australia. Only South Australia met their required rate of improvement recording a 43.7 per cent reduction over the course of the strategy. See Figure 2, page four of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board key statistical indicator quarterly update.

Key statistical indicators

The industry that had the highest average rate of serious non fatal injuries between 2005-06 and 2011-12 was Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing closely followed by Manufacturing. On average, for all industries between 2005-06 and 2011-12 the rate of serious non fatal injuries decreased by 17.1 per cent (from 15.7 per 1,000 to 13.0 per 1,000). This decrease was largely driven by the Government administration and Defence (-53%); Manufacturing (-36%); and Construction (-26%) industries.

Notably, the industry that recorded the highest injury rate in the seven year period was Manufacturing, with 35.4 per 1,000 workers in 2006-07. Meanwhile, the Finance and Insurance Services industry recorded the lowest injury rate of 1.9 per 1,000 workers in 2011-12.

The industries which recorded an increase in incidence rate between 2005-06 and 2011-12 were:

  • Property and Business services (31%);
  • Electricity, Gas and Water Supply (17%);
  • Personal and Other Services (13%);
  • Education (2%); and
  • Retail Trade (1%).

Table 1: Queensland serious non fatal injury rates by industry (per 1000 workers)

Industry 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
2010-11
2011-12 proj.
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants 13.7 13.3 13.7 13.4 11.7 10.9 12.3
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 33.5 30.0 32.7 30.5 28.4 26.6 25.7
Communication services 7.5 8.2 7.8 4.2 4.7 3.9 4.6
Construction 25.1 23.8 26.0 26.1 20.7 18.0 18.6
Cultural and recreational services 9.1 9.0 8.9 9.6 9.9 8.4 7.8
Education 8.2 9.2 8.1 8.4 9.2 10.3 8.4
Electricity, gas and water supply 3.4 7.0 6.5 4.9 4.8 5.5 4.1
Finance and insurance 2.7 2.5 3.1 3.0 2.3 2.6 1.9
Government administration and defence 13.3 12.6 12.9 7.7 6.6 6.7 6.2
Health and community services 15.2 15.0 16.2 16.4 15.9 14.4 14.4
Manufacturing 35.4 35.3 33.4 29.0 24.4 23.2 22.5
Personal and other services 14.0 15.7 16.5 16.7 15.7 15.3 15.8
Property and business services 9.5 9.2 9.8 9.3 12.1 11.7 12.4
Retail trade 9.1 9.4 10.0 10.0 9.5 9.0 9.2
Transport and storage 26.6 26.3 26.0 22.2 20.1 18.6 19.8
Wholesale trade 19.4 20.7 21.8 20.8 15.1
17.4
16.3
Total 15.7 15.9 16.3 15.0 13.8 13.1 13.0

Fatality target

In the latest Comparative Performance Monitoring Report (CPM15), the number of compensated fatalities from 'injury and musculoskeletal disorders' in Queensland almost halved in 2009-10 (32 fatalities) when compared to the previous years. Further, this is the third successive year that Queensland has recorded lower numbers of compensated fatalities from 'injury and musculoskeletal disorders' than New South Wales.

Table 2: Queensland fatalities for injury and musculoskeletal disorders against other jurisdictions

  2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 proj.
New South Wales 46 52 38 45 44
Queensland 68 55 32 39 39
Victoria 49 37 37 27 32
Western Australia 20 22 14 24 11
South Australia 8 9 13 10 3
Tasmania 7 5 5 4 5
Northern Territory 9 6 5 3 4
Australian total 217 192 150 130 130

The CPM Report does not provide a jurisdictional break-down of the progress against the National Strategy fatality target, so it is not possible to compare Queensland's fatality rate against other jurisdictions as done for the National Strategy injury target.

However, the CPM Report does provide the number of accepted compensated work-related fatality claims by jurisdiction, dividing this by the number of employees covered by workers' compensation scheme, Queensland's fatality rate can be approximated. Using this methodology, Queensland's incident rate improved by 26 per cent over the period from 2005-06 to 2011-12. This is a significant change in the trend of compensated fatalities in Queensland, where between 2004-05 to 2007-08 the fatal incident rate increased by 54 per cent. See Figure 3, page six of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board key statistical indicator quarterly update.

The industry with the highest number of work-related fatalities between 2007-08 and 2011-12, was the Transport & Storage (70 fatalities) industry, followed by the Construction (45 fatalities), the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing (28 fatalities) industry and Manufacturing (23 fatalities). See Figure 4, page seven of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board key statistical indicator quarterly update.

Table 3: Queensland fatalities broken down by industry

Industry Sector 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 proj. Total
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants 0 0 1 1 0 2
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 4 7 3 8 6 28
Communication services 1 1 0 0 0 2
Construction 10 11 6 7 11 45
Cultural and recreational services 0 0 0 0 2 2
Education 1 0 0 0 2 3
Electricity, gas and water supply 1 0 0 0 0 1
Government administration and defence 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance and insurance 1 0 1 1 0 3
Health and community services 0 0 0 1 0 1
Manufacturing 4 8 5 2 4 23
Personal and other services 3 5 0 3 1 12
Property and business services 4 3 1 2 4 14
Retail trade 2 4 1 4 0 11
Transport and storage 35 14 8 6 7 70
Wholesale trade 1 6 3 3 1 14
Totala 69 59 32 39 39 238

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