Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3777 ..
within fourteen days of the end of the previous month. However, the monthly update does not capture injuries where the injury date is earlier than the claim lodgement date. For example, if an injury was to occur on 30 June the injury date is in June. However, if the claim is not made until the next day (1 July) then the injury has a lodgement date in July and this information would not be sent to WorkCover until the subsequent monthly update.
A further complication in workers compensation data is the delay in claim lodgement. The absence of claims development in the most recent injury year means that the most recent year will usually show a lower level of claims than the older injury years. The data below shows the claims lodged in each year with a common extraction date for each injury year and a second column with the claims lodged as at 31 August 2003.
Workers compensation data for public sector workers is collected by COMCARE under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.
ACT Private Sector Workers Compensation Claims
ACT Public Sector Workers Compensation Claims
Reported injuries are as at 31 August in each of the injury years reported.
The date is included to show the date at which successfully loaded insurers data has been extracted. The data is subject to regular review and revision as further data is successfully loaded.
(2) What is the breakdown of workplace fatalities by industry during 2002-03?
There is significant ambiguity in the definition of workplace fatalities. The ambiguity arises from the lack of a nationally agreed consistent definition of a workplace fatality as outlined below. The National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and the Commonwealth Department of Workplace Relations have been working together with all Australian jurisdictions to develop better data and collection systems in relation to fatalities including improved definitions however, at this time the only reliable data remains the number of compensated fatalities recorded by the workers compensation schemes.
The ACT private sector workers compensation scheme and the Comcare scheme that covers ACT Public Sector employees record compensated fatalities in the ACT. A compensated fatality is one in which a claim for compensation has been successfully made by the dependants of a dead worker. However, in some cases the dead worker will have no dependents and therefore no one to make a claim for compensation for that worker. Additionally a worker may die as the