6324.0 - Work-Related Injuries, Australia, 2005-06  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2006   
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This publication presents information about persons aged 15 years and over who worked at some time in the last 12 months and experienced their most recent work-related injury or illness in that period.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from the work-related injuries topic included in the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia from July 2005 to June 2006 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Work-related injuries data were previously collected in September 2000 as part of the supplementary survey program. For details about comparability with the September 2000 Work-Related Injuries Survey see paragraph 21 of the Explanatory Notes.

The other topics collected in the 2005-06 MPHS were:

  • Participation in Sport and Physical Activity (cat. no. 4177.0)
  • Sports Attendance (cat. no. 4174.0)
  • Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat. no. 4114.0) and
  • Household Use of Information Technology (cat. no. 8146.0).


The MPHS was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level, because of the presence of high sampling errors.

The work-related injuries topic collected information about people aged 15 years and over who worked at some time in the last 12 months and experienced a work-related injury or illness in that period. The survey collected the following details about their most recent work-related injury or illness: whether they suffered the injury or illness in their current job or a previous job, the type of injury or illness experienced, how the injury or illness occurred, the number of days/shifts absent from work due to the injury or illness, sources of financial assistance, whether they applied for workers' compensation, and the reason they did not apply for workers' compensation. This information can be cross-classified with labour force characteristics and demographics such as occupation, industry and sex.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.