Work injury statistics

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Work injury statistics

Find statistics on ACC claims for injuries that happened at work.

  • 2021 work-related injury costs
  • 2021 new and active work-related claims
  • Work-related injury claims and costs by year - 2015 to 2021
  • New work-related claims by industry - 2018 to 2021
  • New work-related injuries by region - 2018 to 2021
  • Caveats to this data
2021 injury costs
$684,048,560
The costs of all active claims (to 30 September)

New claims

147,119
in 2021 (to 30 September)

Active claims

233,362
in 2021 (to 30 September)

Work-related injury claims and costs by year

Year New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
2015 196,745 275,422 $684,703,378
2016 200,438 280,766 $702,796,191
2017 204,553 286,339 $723,797,953
2018 210,932 295,960 $781,516,485
2019 209,758 299,884 $826,646,855
2020 189,648 280,683 $872,452,092
2021 (to 30 September) 147,119 233,362 $684,048,560

By industry

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By region

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'New' claims are counted in the calendar year they were lodged.

'Active' claims have had a payment made on them during that year. Active claims may have been lodged in a different calendar year and can be counted across multiple years.

'Costs' don't include payments made for acute treatment in public hospitals.

A client's age may differ between lodgement date and accident date.

'Region' is based on where the accident happened.

The data was extracted at a point in time and may change if re-run later.