Public Administration and Safety industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into eight groups.

  • Government Representation
  • Regulatory Services
  • Defence
  • State Government Administration
  • Local Government Administration
  • Central Government Administration
  • Public Order and Safety Services
  • Justice

96% of the industry in Tasmania is made up of

  • State Government Administration
  • Local Government Administration
  • Central Government Administration
  • Public Order and Safety Services
  • Justice

7% of the total Tasmanian workforce

3 out of 4 employees work full time

5 in 10 workers are aged 45+

The injuries

722 injuries across the industry in 2017

36% of the injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

12 serious injuries per million hours worked, 51% higher than the state average of 7.9

8% rise in serious injury frequency rate in last ten years. Trend improving after peak in 2014

The people

Workers aged 55-64 had the highest serious injury frequency rate, rate increase as the workers age

Occupations with the Highest Percentage of Serious Injuries

  • 13% Firefighters and Police Officers
  • 12% Prison and Security Officers
  • 10% Miscellaneous Labourers

Local Government Administration had the highest serious injury frequency rate

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by a moving objects
  • Mental stress

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
  • Mental health conditions
  • Slips, trips and falls