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Work-Related Injuries


The Work-Related Injuries (WRI) survey was compiled from a Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) topic conducted throughout Australia from July 2009 to June 2010, as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. The WRI survey was previously collected from a MPHS topic conducted throughout Australia in July 2005 to June 2006, and prior to that in September 2000 as part of the supplementary survey program. Due to changes in the collection methodology of the 2009-10 and 2005-06 WRI surveys, users should exercise caution when comparing estimates to those from the September 2000 survey. The next WRI survey is scheduled to be collected in 2013-14.

The work-related injuries topic collected information about people aged 15 years and over who worked at some time in the last 12 months. The survey collected information about whether the person experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months and 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, whether received formal training in OH&S risks in the workplace, 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 well as Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

The purpose of the WRI survey is to provide information on the extent of work-related injuries. Data collected in the survey assist in monitoring programs and formulating policies in relation to workers' compensation and occupational health and safety.

Similar surveys have been conducted for individual states including Work Related Injuries and Illnesses, New South Wales, October 1993 (cat. no. 6301.1), Work Related Injuries and Illnesses, South Australia, October 1996 (cat. no. 6301.4) and Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, Northern Territory, Oct 1997 (cat. no. 6301.7).



  • Country of birth
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the following formats:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country of birth and period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1990
      • Arrived 1991-2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date


A full list of data items collected for the Work Related Injuries Survey is available in Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au