The Most Dangerous Jobs in Australia

The Most Dangerous Jobs in Australia

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the highest fatality rate in 2017

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing had the highest fatality rate in 2017

Is your job on the list?

Every single year, hundreds of Australians die from work-related incidents. Based on the most recent Government data, Safe Work Australia has recently published a list of the most dangerous job sectors in the country.

Safe Work Australia compiles Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatality data which provides national statistics on all worker and bystander fatalities at work. Information sources used to compile this report include:

  • initial reporting of fatalities in the media or on relevant authority websites such as police, road authorities and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • notifications to Safe Work Australia from the jurisdictional authorities, and
  • the National Coronial Information Service which provides confidential access to coroners’, police and other investigative reports.

The most dangerous industries in Australia:

  • Agriculture, forestry & fishing (16.5 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Transport, postal & warehousing (8.6 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Arts & recreation services (3.5 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Construction Worker (2.7 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Wholesale trade (1.6 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Electricity, gas, water & waste services (1.5 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Mining (1.4 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Rental, hiring & real estate services (1.0 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Manufacturing (1.7 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

  • Public administration & safety (0.6 Fatalities per 100,000 workers)

A Commercial Fisher is widely regarded as the most dangerous job in Australia.


We’d recommend checking the SafeWork Australia website for the most up to date figures.

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2018-09-10T10:25:22+10:00WHS & Safety Training News|