Investigations

This report contains information from WorkSafe investigations conducted from 2010 onwards. We investigate potential breaches of the Health and Safety and Work Act 2015 to determine whether prosecution is warranted.

This report allows you to see where in the country, and in what industries investigations are being conducted.

Last updated to 30 November 2018.

The graph shows the number of investigation files created from 1 January 2010 until the most recent update. Both ongoing and completed investigations are included.

More detailed breakdowns can be found in the CSVs below. 

Table 1. Investigations HSWA:

  • This table includes investigations which were initiated after the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect on 4 April 2016.
  • This table provides counts of investigations by year, month, industry level 1 and 2, and region.

Table 1. Investigations HSWA (CSV)

Table 2. Investigations HSWA Detail:

  • This table contains more detailed breakdowns of the data in Table 1, by detailed industry and region.
  • This table includes an indicator to identify whether any non-prosecution enforcement action was taken.

Table 2. Investigations HSWA Detail (CSV)

Table 3. Investigations HSE:

  • This table includes investigations which were initiated between 1 January 2010 and 3 April 2016 under the Health and Safety in Employment Act (1992).
  • This table provides counts of investigations by year, month, industry level 1 and 2, and region.

Table 3. Investigations HSE (CSV)

Table 4. Investigations HSE Detail:

  • This table contains more detailed breakdowns of the data in Table 3, by detailed industry and region.
  • This table includes an indicator to identify whether any non-prosecution enforcement action was taken. 

Table 4. Investigations HSE Detail (CSV)

  1. In 2013, with the establishment of WorkSafe, the investigation definition was redefined. As a result, the number of investigations recorded from 2013 onwards is lower than before this change.
  2. The year and month variables are calculated based on the creation date of the investigation file.
  3. While this report uses the Australia New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (2006) system, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry has been modified to provide additional detail (see AFF2017 variable).
  4. Data quality has improved over time so caution is advised when interpreting the data.