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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3136..


Budget—industrial relations items

(Question No 2094)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 17 June 2008:

(1) In relation to Budget Paper 4, page 34, Industrial Relations Policy, second dot point, (a) which consultative bodies are co-ordinated by the department, (b) what is the frequency of their meetings, (c) what are their terms of reference, (d) who are the participants in those bodies and (e) what does it cost to run the consultative bodies;

(2) In relation to Budget Paper 4, page 34, Industrial Relations Policy, third dot point, (a) how many cases of injuries to ACT public servants were managed in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08, (b) what were the main types of injuries, (c) of those cases outline in part (a), how many in each year retired from work due to total and permanent incapacity, (d) for those who returned to work, what was the average return-to-work (full duties) period, (e) what was the total cost of workers' compensation insurance cover across the ACT Government for 2007-08, and the budget for 2008-09 and (f) what was the total value of workers compensation cover provided to injured ACT public servants in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) This question was asked and answered during the recent Budget Estimates hearings and the information that was provided to respond to this question is attached.

(2) The information to respond to many of the requirements of this specific question is not readily available as the ACT Government does not have a central injury case management database. The acquisition of such a database is the subject of a current procurement process and is expected to be purchased as part of the Safety First Program during this year. The whole-of-government database that is available only provides information relating to incident and accident notifications from which the following information has been extracted together with information provided from available Comcare records.

Number

Question on notice

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

(2)(a)

Number of new compensation claims lodged for each year

870

775

496

(2)(b)

Main types of injuries sustained.

Body stressing 37%

Body stressing 41%

Body stressing 42%

Slips, trips and falls of a person 21%

Slips, trips and falls of a person 19%

Slips, trips and falls of a person 21%

Mental stress 12%

Mental Stress 12%

Mental Stress 8%

Being hit by moving objects 11%

Being hit by moving objects 11%

Being hit by moving objects 15%


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