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COVID-19 compensation claims emerging

COVID-19 Compensation claims

Safe Work Australia has recently published a snapshot of COVID-19-related workers compensation claims data, up to 31 July 2020. The data shows that mental health related claims are emerging since the onset of the virus with claim numbers growing to 34% of the total claims.

The data is provided by claim type, industry, occupation, age, gender and jurisdiction. It was collected by Safework Australia from the relevant Commonwealth, state and territory workers compensation authorities.

The data reveals that 533 workers compensation claims were lodged in relation to COVID-19 in Australia.

Workers Compensation Claims COVID-19

34% of the claims lodged were from the healthcare and social assistance industry, while 17% of the claims came from the public administration and safety industry.

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The ‘community and personal service workers’ occupational group has the highest number of workers compensation claims.

Data is provided by claim type, industry, occupation, age, gender and jurisdiction. Key findings show that as at 31 July 2020:

  • 533 workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 were lodged in Australia
  • 34% of these claims related to mental health impacts of COVID-19
  • 34% of workers’ compensation claims lodged were from the health care and social assistance industry
  • 17% of workers’ compensation claims lodged were from the public administration and safety industry
  • The ‘community and personal service workers’ occupation had the highest number of workers’ compensation claims.

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