Health and safety

The ATO has a continuing focus on ensuring an effective system for managing health and safety across the organisation. We are developing and embedding a range of system improvements to address risks identified by a Comcare audit.

Our Comcare premium reduced by almost $16 million during 2015–16 and our premium rate (as a percentage of payroll) has reduced to 1.69%, less than the average scheme for the first time in over 10 years. These achievements are largely due to a focus on achieving early and sustained return to work for injured employees.

TABLE 3.1 Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission performance indicators, 2011–12 to 2015–16

Indicator

2011–12

2012–13

2013–14

2014–15

2015–16

P1.1 Incidence of injuries with five or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

7.4

9.2

7.6

6.6

4.4

P1.2 Incidence of injuries with 30 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

4.9

6.6

4.4

4.4

3.1

P1.3 Incidence of injuries with 60 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

4.1

4.9

4.2

3.2

1.7

P4 Lost time injury (claims) frequency rate

5.2

5.7

5.3

4.4

3.0

C1 Average time taken (in calendar days from date of injury to lodging claim with Comcare)

83

86

89

98

101

R1 Percentage of claims with incapacity for 10 or more days and a return to work plan (%)

71

75

72

69

75

R2 Quality of return to work (% achieving return to work on case closure) (%)

66

75

74

71

67

NOTE

Figures for previous years in this table may vary from those reported in past annual reports as Comcare may continue to accept claims for past years.

The Resolution and issues management global health report collates data from various sources to provide a detailed monthly summary of our organisation’s health and performance indicators. The analysis provides all ATO human resource practitioners with data to instigate early intervention strategies and manage hotspots.

The ATO has strengthened relationships with business and project teams to improve risk identification and control. This supports the early identification and reduction of injuries in the ATO.

TABLE 3.2 Notifiable incidents, 2013–14 to 2015–16
 

2013–14
No.

2014–15
No.

2015–16
No.

Dangerous occurrences

6

3

2

Serious personal injury

5

1

0

Death

1

0

0

TOTAL

12

4

2