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6324.0 - Work-Related Injuries, Australia, 2005-06  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2006   
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GLOSSARY

Applied for workers' compensation


To have formally applied for workers' compensation by completing an application for compensation.


Contributing family workers


People who work without pay, in an economic enterprise operated by a relative.


Current job


A job that a person was working in during the reference week which had lasted or was likely to last for a period of two weeks or more.


Current main job


The job that a person was working in during the reference week in which most hours were usually worked.


Current other job


Refers to a current job other than the current main job.


Days or shifts absent from work


Includes all work hours spent on medical consultation, hospitalisation and rest due to the injury or illness. The days or shifts absent do not have to be consecutive.


Duration of current main job


Length of time worked in current main job.


Duration of employment in job where most recent work-related injury or illness occurred


Length of time worked in job where most recent work-related injury or illness occurred.


Educational attainment


Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is defined as the highest educational attainment a person has achieved, and is not a measurement of relative importance of different fields of study. For further information please see paragraphs 38 to 41 of the chapter on 'Level of highest educational attainment', Education Variables, 2002 (cat. no. 1246.0).


Employed


People aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:

  • worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or
  • worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
  • were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
      • away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
      • away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
      • away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
      • on strike or locked out; or
      • on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or
  • were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Employees


People who work for a public or private employer and receive remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee from their employer while working on a commission basis, tips, piece rates, or payment in kind, or people who operate their own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees.


Employers


People who operate their own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade, and hire one or more employees.


Employment types


Classification of employed people according to the following employment type categories on the basis of their main job (that is, the job in which they usually work the most hours):


Employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprises)

  • with paid leave entitlements
  • without paid leave entitlements

Owner managers of incorporated enterprises
Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises
Contributing family workers


Financial assistance


Monetary assistance received from any party to cover medical expenses or income loss, incurred due to their work-related injury or illness.


Fixed term contract


See 'Worked on a fixed-term contract'.


Formal training in Occupational Health and Safety


People who received structured OH&S training sessions, on-the-job training in OH&S, attended discussions about OH&S procedures in staff meetings, or completed on-line training which was not monitored or assessed by the employer.


Full-time workers


Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and others who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.


Incorporated enterprise


An enterprise which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).


Industry


All occurrences of industry in this publication refer to Division, as classified by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0).


Injury or illness sustained


See 'Work-related injury or illness'.


Last 12 months


The 12 months up to and including the survey reference week.


Main English-speaking countries


Comprises the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States of America and New Zealand.


Main job


The job in which most hours are usually worked.


Multiple jobholder


People who worked in more than one job or business during the survey reference week, excluding those who only worked in more than one job because they had changed jobs during the reference week.


Non-school qualification


Non-school qualifications are awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. They include qualifications at the Postgraduate Degree Level, Master Degree Level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Level, Bachelor Degree Level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. Non-school qualifications may be attained concurrently with school qualifications.


Not employed


People who are either unemployed or not in the labour force.


Not in the labour force


People who are not in the categories 'employed' or 'unemployed' as defined.


Occupation


All occurrences of occupation in this publication refer to Major Group as defined by ASCO–Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0).


Own account worker


A person who operates his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade, and hires no employees.


Owner Managers


People who work in their own business, with or without employees, whether or not the business is of limited liability.


Owner managers of incorporated enterprises


People who work in their own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).


Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises


People who operate their own unincorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity in which the owner and the business are legally inseparable, so that the owner is liable for any business debts that are incurred. Includes those engaged independently in a trade or profession.


Paid leave entitlements


The entitlement of employees (excluding owner managers or incorporated enterprises) to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their job. People employed in their own business or who were contributing family workers were not asked about their leave entitlements.


Previous job


The last job in which employment ceased during the last 12 months.


Reference week


The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.


Shift arrangements


A system of working whereby the daily hours of operation at the place of employment are split into at least two set work periods (shifts), for different groups of workers.


Shift work


Worked under shift arrangements.


Status in employment


Employed people classified by whether they were employees, employers, own account workers or contributing family workers.


Unemployed


People who were not employed during the reference week, and:

  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week; or
  • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week, and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Usual hours worked


The number of hours usually worked in a week.


Unincorporated enterprise


A business entity in which the owner and the business are legally inseparable, so that the owner is liable for any business debts that are incurred.


Worked at some time in the last 12 months


People who worked in a job which lasted for two weeks or more, in the last 12 months, regardless of whether they worked full-time or part-time.


Work-related injury or illness


Any injury or illness or disease which first occurred in the last 12 months, where a person suffers either physically or mentally from a condition that has arisen out of, or in the course of, employment.


The injury or illness was considered to be in scope if the respondent first became aware of it in the last 12 months, even though the cause of the injury or illness may have occurred outside the 12 month reference period. Included are injuries or illnesses that occurred while commuting to and from work, outside the place of work but while on work duty, or during work breaks.


Information was collected about the respondent's most recent work-related injury or illness if there was more than one work-related injury or illness in the reference period.


For more details on the types of injury or illness, or how they occurred refer to Appendix 1.


Worked full time


People who usually worked 35 hours or more per week in the job in which the work-related injury or illness occurred.


Worked part time


People who usually worked less than 35 hours or more per week in the job in which the work-related injury or illness occurred.


Workers' compensation


Workers' compensation includes:

  • payments by an insurer or other liable party for costs related to a work-related injury or illness.
  • medical payments, incapacity payments (income maintenance and salary top-up), rehabilitation payments, travel payments and legal payments.
  • Any 'settlement' or 'judgement of claim'.

Works on a contract basis


Owner managers who were engaged by an organisation to provide a particular service or undertake a particular task at an agreed price or rate, and generally for a specified period.


Works on a fixed-term contract


Employees (excluding Owner managers of incorporated enterprises) with a contract of employment which specifies that the employment will be terminated on a particular date or on completion of a specific task.


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