Work well being and security and staff’ compensation scheme efficiency in 2018-19

Safe Work Australia has released the latest Comparative Performance Monitoring report, which provides trend analysis of the health and safety and compensation systems in place in Australia and New Zealand.

This report will help improve Workplace Health and Safety, Workers Compensation and related service outcomes in Australia and New Zealand by:

  • Monitoring the comparative performance of jurisdictions over time and
  • Enable benchmarking across jurisdictions and identify best practices in support of policy making.

The report is divided into three parts:

Part 1

Part 1 focuses on occupational health and safety performance, including comparing major injury rates and work-related deaths across states and territories.

It shows that over the past 5 years the incident rate of serious compensation claims across Australia has decreased (by 9%) (from 10.3 claims per 1,000 employees in 2013-14 to 9.4 in 2017-18).

For more serious damage and fatal comparisons, see Part 1.

Part 2

Part 2 focuses on WHS compliance and enforcement activities.

It shows that WHS authorities across Australia carried out 229,236 interventions in the workplace over the 2018-19 period. issued 55,568 notices related to WHS violations; and completed 264 lawsuits resulting in $ 18.6 million fines ordered by the courts.

For more comparisons to compliance and enforcement activities, see Part 2.

part 3

Part 3 compares the premium rates, entitlements and system performance of workers across Australia.

It shows that total spending on workers’ compensation schemes across Australia in 2018-19 was $ 8.908 billion, of which 77% was either through direct payments or through services to claimants.

In addition, average employee compensation rates, funding rates and disputation rates across Australia have declined in the 2018-19 period since 2014-15.

Further comparisons of premium rates, entitlements and system benefits can be found in Part 3.

This report complements the comparison of workers compensation schemes in Australia and New Zealand, which provides detailed information on workers compensation schemes and the differences between the schemes in Australia and New Zealand.

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