Injuries – Injury Information Portal

New Zealand Injury Information Portal.

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.

Statistics NZ produces official injury statistics and also has the statutory role of Injury Information Manager. In this role, Statistics NZ is responsible for promoting a programme of work to improve the quality of injury information in New Zealand.

Find out more about our role as Injury Information Manager

View our Poster: Injury information matters to see a visual representation of the flow of injury information in New Zealand.

Latest news

The serious injury outcome indicator reports for 2000–12 
Information about the number and rate of serious injury events in New Zealand each year.

Injury statistics – Work-related Claims: 2012 
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.

The report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety – Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety
Information about the consultation, analysis, and research into New Zealand’s current health and safety system. Find an Executive report, the Main report, and a series of Working papers.

Find information about injuries

On this page, you'll find information from many sources.

Explore statistics about injury events in New Zealand:

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Serious injury

Find out how often New Zealanders are injured.

Serious injury outcome indicator reports for 2000–2012 (published 2013)
Information about the number and rate of serious injury events in New Zealand each year.

Serious injury outcome indicators – technical report 2013 (published 2013)
Report outlining the technical specifications for the serious injury outcome indicators used to monitor the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS).

Serious injury outcome indicators – concepts and methods for 2000–11 (published 2012)
Paper outlining the background and methodology for the serious injury outcome indicators for the years 2000 to 2011.

National Injury Query System  (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.

Workplace injuries

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.

Work-related injury statistics 2002–12 – tables (published each year)
Statistics about work-related injury, based on ACC data. These tables are available from NZ.Stat.

Find out more about NZ.Stat 

Serious injury outcome indicators – work-related injury indicators redeveloped (published 2013)
Report explaining and outlining the background and redevelopment of the serious injury outcome indicators for work-related injury.

The report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety – Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety (published 2013)
Information about the consultation, analysis, and research into New Zealand’s current health and safety system. Find an Executive report, the Main report, and a series of Working papers.

State of workplace health and safety in New Zealand – Department of Labour (published 2012)
Selected statistics about the state of workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

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, Statistics NZ works with the lead agencies for injury prevention to improve the quality of injury information in New Zealand. Part of this role is to manage 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 about how we're trying to improve the quality of injury information in New Zealand.

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 the 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 further work that could be completed in the future, including a number of activities designed to improve injury information.

Improving the quality of place of injury occurrence information: Priorities for action (published 2012)
Report outlining the importance of collecting quality information on where injury events occur so we can identify where to focus injury prevention initiatives.

Exploring ways to improve serious injury information in current data collections: Feedback report (published 2011)
Report outlining how Statistics NZ identified the drawbacks in the current data collections used to track and measure serious injury in New Zealand.

Protocol for government agency reporting on injury incidence in New Zealand (published 2010)
Protocol government agencies follow when they record and report rates and frequencies of injury in New Zealand.

View older information about improving injury information.

Injury prevention and research

Find out about work being done to prevent injury.

pdf icon. The New Zealand Injury Prevention Outcomes Report – June 2012  (PDF, 128 pages, 4.6mb) – New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy Secretariat, ACC (published 2012)
Report describing progress made towards reducing and preventing injuries in New Zealand.

Injury Prevention Research Unit reports – University of Otago (published between 1990 and 2011)
Reports about the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy, injury indicators, and case studies of particular groups and industries.

Injury Prevention Information Centre research bulletins and fact sheets – University of Auckland (published between 2006 and 2011)
Highlights of injury prevention research at University of Auckland.

Using and classifying injury data

Find out how agencies collect and record injury information.

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.

National Minimum Dataset (hospital events) data dictionary – Ministry of Health (page last updated 2013)
National public and private hospital discharge information, including coded clinical data for inpatients and day patients.

Summary of injury datasets (published 2010)
Links to information collected about injuries in New Zealand.

ICD-10-AM Coding Workshop – Introduction to injury data coding (published 2010)
Presentations from a 2010 workshop on the use of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) coding of hospital statistics.

Template for documenting injury data collections (published 2009)
Template for recording injury data so it is consistent, complete, and specific.

View older information about using and classifying injury data.