In 2009-10, 567 500 employees were injured while working but only 38 per cent of them received workers' compensation.
This report analyses the results of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Work-related Injuries Survey (Catalogue No. 6324.0) and identifies the groups of employees that are least likely to apply for workers’ compensation. Some key findings of the report are that only 32 per cent of casuals received workers’ compensation compared with 48 per cent of those with leave entitlements and young workers were less likely to receive compensation compared with their older counterparts. Of concern is that 9 per cent of employees were not aware of their rights to workers’ compensation or thought they were not eligible for it. The survey also found that 27 per cent of employees who took five or more days off work due to their injury did not apply for workers’ compensation with many using sick leave instead.