South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


21. Greater safety at work:

Achieve a 40% reduction in injury by 2012 and a further 50% reduction by 2022

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

From June 2012 to 31 December 2016 there has been a 35.71% reduction in serious injury claims (involving 10 or more days lost time), exceeding the 25.00% reduction target for this period.

For the first national target period (2002 to 2012) South Australia led all jurisdictions by recording a 33% reduction in serious injury claims (involving 10 or more days lost time) against a target of 40%.

For the second national target period (2012-2022) South Australia has set a target of a further 50% reduction in serious injury claims (involving 10 or more days lost time) from the Base Period (three financial years 2009-10 to 2011-12).

The Income Claim Rate is calculated by the number of workers' compensation claims (involving 10 or more days lost time), divided by the total remuneration paid to workers in the State. The remuneration is indexed against the Wage Price Index (source ABS). The percentage change is calculated from the base rate figure for the June 2012 quarter.

The claim data is accurate to the time of reporting and excludes the preceding 12-month period, due to delays in claims for serious injuries and the time taken to assess them. It excludes claims refused by ReturnToWorkSA or withdrawn by the applicant, and incidents not yet subject to a formal claim.  

Due to the status of existing claims changing over time, data for previous periods is subject to small changes and current to the time of reporting.

Lead Agency

Attorney-General's Department