On 22 August 2008, the Deputy Prime Minister and Industrial Relations Minister, Julia Gillard, released the Comparative Performance Monitoring Report (CPM) on Australia’s OHS and workers’ compensation outcomes for 2006-07. The principal points, according to the report, are:
• There were 236 compensated fatalities recorded in Australia for 2006-07, of which 177 were from injury and musculoskeletal disorders and 59 were from other diseases.
• Body stressing continues to be the mechanism of injury/disease that accounts for the greatest proportion of claims (42 per cent).
• The manufacturing industry recorded the highest incidence/claim rates per 1000 employees (27.5), followed by transport and storage (25.9), agriculture, forestry and fishing (25.3), and construction (22.1), however all these rates are down from 2005-06.
• Over three quarters (77 per cent) of injured workers successfully returned to work within eight to ten months of sustaining their injury.
The CPM report is available for download at www.workplace.gov.au/cpm