Notifiable injury and illness and serious harm

The Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) (HSWA) requires that WorkSafe is notified if someone becomes seriously ill or is seriously injured as a result of work. Notifying us allows us to immediately investigate or follow up on the events that caused the injury or illness.

This report allows you to see the types of serious harms and injuries/illnesses that are being reported, where in the country they are occurring, and in what industries.

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE) required that WorkSafe was to be notified if someone was seriously harmed or experiencing serious illness as a result of work. 

Serious Harm Notifications are not directly comparable with Notifications of Notifiable Injury or Illness as the definitions of Serious Harm and Notifiable Events differ. 

Last updated to 30 November 2018.

Table 1. Notifiable Injury or Illness HSWA

  • This table provides counts of Notification of Notifiable Injury or Illness by year, month, industry level 1 and 2, region, and HSWA Classification.

Table 1. Notifiable Injury or Illness HSWA (CSV)

Table 2. Notifiable Injury or Illness HSWA Detail

  • This table provides more detailed breakdowns of the data in Table 1, by detailed industry and region.
  • This table includes indicators to identify which notifications were investigated, and whether any non-prosecution enforcement action was taken.

Table 2. Notifiable Injury or Illness HSWA Detail (CSV)

Table 3. Serious Harm HSE

  • This table provides counts of Serious Harm Notifications by year, month, industry level 1 and 2, and region.

Table 3. Serious Harm HSE (CSV)

Table 4. Serious Harm HSE Detail

  • This table provides more detailed breakdowns of the data in Table 3, by detailed industry and region.
  • This table includes indicators to identify which notifications were investigated, and whether any non-prosecution enforcement action was taken. 

Table 4. Serious Harm HSE Detail (CSV)

  1. The year and month variables are calculated based on the date WorkSafe was notified. 
  2. Serious Harm Notifications appearing after 4 April 2016 relate to events which occurred before 4 April 2016 but were notified after.
  3. Serious Harm Notification, under HSE, may have been used to report some fatalities. 
  4. Under HSWA, fatalities are reported under Notification of Death which is a separate notification from Notifiable Injury or Illness.
  5. The HSWA Classification variable displays the injury/illness category that the notification was made under.
  6. WorkSafe has changed the way it reports serious harm and notifiable injury or illness notifications in the Forestry and Agriculture sectors to align with the Australia and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification. Some notification data has moved into ‘Forestry Support Services’ and ‘Agriculture and Fishing Support Services’ which will reduce the numbers recorded in the Agriculture and Forestry industries (see AFF2017 variable). Taken overall the sectors’ performances have not changed – the total burden of Forestry and Agriculture serious harms and notifications of notifiable injury or illness remain unchanged.
  7. Data quality has improved over time so caution is advised when interpreting the data.