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Information Media and Telecommunications industry snapshot 2019

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 12 groups:

  • Internet service providers and web search portals
  • Data processing, web hosting and electronic information storage services
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting
  • Internet publishing and broadcasting
  • Telecommunication services
  • Newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishing
  • Software publishing
  • Motion picture and video activities
  • Sound recording and music publishing
  • Libraries and archives
  • Other information services

1% of the total Tasmanian workforce

68% of workers are employed full time

Telecommunications services is the largest employing group

55% of workers are aged between 25 and 44

The injuries

22 injuries across the industry in 2019

36% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

2.3 serious injuries per million hours worked, 74% lower than the state average of 9.1

16% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2019 than ten years ago

The people

Occupation groups with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 21% Call or contact centre information clerks
  • 12% Information and organisation professionals
  • 11% Miscellaneous hospitality, retail and service managers

Workers aged 65 and over, followed by 15-24 year olds, had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Libraries and archives had the highest serious injury frequency rate

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Mental stress

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 1st July 2020