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Public Administration and Safety industry snapshot 2019

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups, the following five represented in injury data

  • Government representation
  • Regulatory services
  • Defence
  • State government administration
  • Local government administration
  • Central government administration
  • Public order and safety services
  • Justice

8% of the total Tasmanian workforce

73% of workers are employed full time

56% of workers are aged 45+, 13% higher than state average

The injuries

810 injuries across the industry in 2019

37% of the injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

12.6 serious injuries per million hours worked - third highest of all industries - 38% higher than the state average of 9.1

Serious injury frequency rate has increased compared to ten years ago. However, the trend is improving after a peak in 2014

The people

55-64 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Local government administration had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 14% Firefighters and police
  • 14% Prison and security officers
  • 12% Miscellaneous labourers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Mental stress
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Falls, slips and trips

Action areas

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

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Mental health conditions
  • Slips, trips and falls
Updated: 1st July 2020