Towards 2020

New Zealand has a target of reducing fatal and serious non-fatal work-related injury by 25% by the year 2020, with an interim target of 10% by 2016.

This target reflects the ongoing commitment to reduce work-related harm following the 2010 Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

The Towards 2020 report confirms New Zealand has met the interim target of a 10% reduction in the rate of fatal and serious work-related injury, and both rates are currently lower than the 2020 target.

  • The fatal injury rate for the three years to 2016 is 2.1 per 100,000 Full-time equivalent workers (FTEs) (below the 2020 target rate of 2.5).
  • The serious non-fatal injury rate for 2016 is 14.3 per 100,000 FTEs (below the 2020 target rate of 14.5).
  • The supplementary indicator – the rate of injury resulting in more than a week away from work - is 11.7 per 1,000 FTEs in 2016 (above the 2020 target of 8.4). This rate has reduced since 2015, but remains above the baseline.

While the target indicators are tracking in the right direction, further analysis presented in Towards 2020 demonstrates that there is still progress to be made.

  • International comparison confirms that New Zealand’s rate of fatal work-related injury remains higher than other countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
  • Industry breakdowns are included for each indicator, and indicate that although we’re seeing progress this is not occurring in all sectors.
  • The rate of serious non-fatal injury for Māori demonstrates that Māori workers continue to face disproportionate risk of injury.

Future progress reports will be published on our website - the next edition is expected to be published in late 2018.

Towards 2020 progress towards the 2020 work-related injury reduction target (PDF 1.8 MB)