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Education and Training industry snapshot 2018

The workforce

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

  • Preschool education
  • School education
  • Tertiary education
  • Adult, community and other education
  • Educational support services

8% of the total Tasmanian workforce

59% work full time

2 in 3 workers are employed in school education

52% of workers are aged 45+

The injuries

583 injuries across the industry in 2018

32% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

6.7 serious injuries per million hours worked, 23% lower than the state average of 8.7

Serious injury frequency rate only slightly lowers than ten years ago but shows a 20% decrease from 2012 peak

The people

School education had the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 38% School teachers
  • 21% Cleaners and laundry workers
  • 13% Education aides

Workers aged 55+ report a higher serious injury frequency rate than their younger counterparts

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Mental stress

Action areas

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

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 25th February 2020