Performance Against the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22 Targets

In 2020-21 the JACS Directorate experienced a 48% increase in the rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work. While there are specific injury prevention strategies in place, this figure highlights the risk profile and the operational working environment of the Directorate’s business units compared to the broader ACTPS.

People and Workplace Strategy are working closely with business units to minimise the impact of workplace injury and improve the Directorates return-to-work outcomes for injured workers.

Table 63 - Target 1 - reduce the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30%

 

Financial year

# new
5-day claims

Rate per 1000 employees

Directorate Target

ACTPS # new 5-day claims

Rate per 1000 employees

ACTPS Target

Avg 9/10-11/12

28.67

21.70

21.70

274.00

12.45

12.45

2012 - 13

42

27.90

21.05

274

13.42

12.08

2013 - 14

31

20.27

20.40

257

12.20

11.70

2014 – 15

22

14.01

19.75

228

10.49

11.33

2015 – 16

26

15.54

19.10

205

9.36

10.96

2016 – 17

38

22.82

18.44

243

10.91

10.58

2017 – 18

44

24.61

17.79

202

8.93

10.21

2018 – 19

30

16.33

17.14

201

8.50

9.84

2019 – 20

37

18.85

16.49

231

9.32

9.46

2020 – 21

55

26.44

15.84

325

9.32

9.09

 

Table 64 - Target 2 - reduce the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30 per cent

 

Financial year

# new
5-day MSD claims

Rate per 1000 employees

Directorate Target

ACTPS # new 5-day MSD claims

Rate per 1000 employees

ACTPS Target

Avg 9/10-11/12

18.33

13.88

13.88

167.00

8.55

8.55

2012 - 13

24.00

15.94

13.46

183.00

8.96

8.29

2013 - 14

22.00

14.39

13.04

175.00

8.31

8.03

2014 – 15

10.00

6.37

12.63

144.00

6.63

7.78

2015 – 16

16.00

9.56

12.21

146.00

6.67

7.52

2016 – 17

24.00

14.41

11.80

150.00

6.73

7.26

2017 – 18

31.00

17.34

11.38

128.00

5.66

7.01

2018 – 19

21.00

11.43

10.96

102.00

4.31

6.75

2019 – 20

22.00

11.21

10.55

126.00

5.09

6.49

2020 – 21

44.00

21.16

10.13

194.00

7.44

6.24

2021 - 22

 

 

9.71

 

 

5.98

In 2020-21 the JACS Directorate experienced an increase in both the rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work and an increase and the rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) resulting in one or more weeks off.  The increase in MSD claims was greater than the overall rate of claims greater than
5 days indicating that there was a reduction in other types of claims, for example psychological injuries.

Specific injury prevention strategies are in place however these figures reflect the risk profile and the operational working environment of the Directorate’s business units compared to the broader ACTPS.

ACT Ambulance Service paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency and services in a wide range of complex environments. These complex environments expose them to musculoskeletal risks, including adopting awkward postures (overreaching) when moving patients from a bed to a stretcher, downstairs with a carry chair and transporting patients to a hospital.

ACT Ambulance Service experienced a 10% increase in the number of responses requiring an ambulance vehicle or crew to attend between 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Firefighters are at risk of musculoskeletal injury when carrying out their work. They are exposed to slip, trips, and falls, carrying heavy equipment in awkward positions, and operating in dynamic work environments.

Other factors that are likely to have impacted on the outcome include the reduction of available suitable duties and the overall wellbeing of staff caused by the pandemic.  

While there is insufficient information to determine if the increase is one off or a trend, People and Workplace Strategy continue to work closely with business units to minimise the impact of workplace injury and improve the Directorates return-to-work outcomes for injured workers.