This page provides links to information about injury in New Zealand. You can find:
- injury statistics, reports, presentations, databases, and datasets
- information about how injury data is classified and used.
This information supports agencies working to achieve better outcomes for injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, and to minimise the personal, social, and economic costs of injury.
Statistics NZ produces official injury statistics and also has the statutory role of Injury Information Manager.
Serious injury outcome indicator reports for 2000–15 (published 2016)
Information about the number and rate of serious injury events in New Zealand each year, for the whole population, Māori, and children.
Injury Statistics – Work-related claims: 2015 (published 2016)
Information about claims accepted by ACC for work-related injuries. This data is used for monitoring work-related injuries, and developing policy on reducing work-related injuries. (Updated 7 December 2016, with minor corrections.)
Health & safety reform
Information about the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and documents on Working Safer: Progress towards the targets.
Find out how often New Zealanders are injured.
Serious injury outcome indicator reports for 2000–14 (published 2015)
Information about the number and rate of serious injury events in New Zealand each year.
Injury tables: serious injury outcome indicator statistics 2000–13 (NZ.Stat table published each year)
Statistics about serious injury events each year. More about NZ.Stat.
Serious injury outcome indicators technical report 2015 (published 2015)
Technical specifications for the serious injury outcome indicators used to monitor the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy.
Serious injury outcome indicators – concepts and methods (published 2012)
Paper outlining the background and methodology for the serious injury outcome indicators for the years 2000 to 2013.
NZ Injury Query System – Injury Prevention Research Unit at University of Otago
A national database of injuries in New Zealand. Search by age, gender, region, cause of injury, and whether the injury was accidental.
View older serious injury outcome indicator reports.
Find out about injuries at work.
Injury statistics – Work-related claims – information releases (published each year)
Information about claims accepted by ACC for work-related injuries. This data is used for monitoring work-related injuries in New Zealand, and developing policy on reducing work-related injuries.
Injury tables: work-related injury statistics 2002–14 (NZ.Stat tables published each year)
Statistics about work-related injury, based on ACC data. More about NZ.Stat.
Serious injury outcome indicators – work-related injury indicators redeveloped (published 2013)
Report explains and outlines the background and redevelopment of the serious injury outcome indicators for work-related injury.
Safety in the workplace
Creating safer workplaces – report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety (published 2013)
Information about consultation and research into New Zealand’s health and safety system. Includes an executive report, a longer report, and a series of working papers.
Further information about injuries
Our Injury Information Manager role
Statistics NZ acts as the Injury Information Manager, a statutory role under the Accident Compensation Act 2001. In this role, we work with the lead agencies for injury prevention to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of injury information in New Zealand. Part of this role is to coordinate and manage a programme of work – the Official Injury Information Programme.
Find out about our role as Injury Information Manager
Get more information about the Official Injury Information Programme
Improving injury information
Find out how we're trying to improve the quality of injury information.
Privacy impact assessment for the serious injury outcome indicators (published 2014)
This report identifies and addresses potential risks to individual privacy, where the Ministry of Health's National Minimum Dataset of hospital discharges is integrated with ACC's work-related claims data, to produce measures of serious non-fatal work-related injury in New Zealand.
Official injury information plan 2010/12 closure report (published 2013)
Report summarising the achievements of the Official injury information plan for 2010–12 and identifying future work, including activities to improve injury information.
Improving the quality of place of injury occurrence information: Priorities for action (published 2012)
Outlines the importance of collecting quality information on where injury events occur – to identify where to focus injury prevention initiatives.
View older information about improving injury information.
Injury prevention and research
Find out about work being done to prevent injury.
Health and Safety Attitudes and Behaviours Survey – WorkSafe New Zealand (published 2015)
Reports and fact sheets on the attitude and behaviours that contribute to injury and harm in New Zealand workplaces.
The New Zealand Injury Prevention Outcomes Report (PDF, 128 pages, 4.7mb) – New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy Secretariat, ACC (published 2012)
Report describing progress towards reducing and preventing injuries.
Injury Prevention Research Unit reports – University of Otago (published between 1990 and 2011)
Reports about the strategy, injury indicators, and case studies of particular groups and industries.
Using and classifying injury data
Find out how agencies collect and record injury information.
National minimum dataset (hospital events) data dictionary – Ministry of Health (published 2015)
National public and private hospital discharge information, including coded clinical data for inpatients and day patients.
Mortality collection data dictionary – Ministry of Health (page last updated 2012)
Description of information available within the National Mortality Collection. The data dictionary also explains national standard definitions.
Summary of injury datasets (published 2010)
Links to information collected about injuries in New Zealand.
View older information about using and classifying injury data
Page updated 30 November 2016