Outcome 2

Community in which the use of electricity and gas is regulated and safe.

Key effectiveness indicator O2.1: The number of electricity-related serious injuries and fatalities per million population

What we measure

This indicator measures the effectiveness of the electricity-related regulatory regime, and subsequently the safety of the community. It demonstrates the department’s effectiveness in achieving a community in which the use of electricity is regulated and safe. This measure provides meaningful performance information as the primary purpose of the legislation administered by EnergySafety is to reduce or eliminate such incidents.

How we measure

The raw number of electricity-related serious injuries (SIs) and fatalities and the WA population (sourced from ABS population estimates) are used to determine a rate per million population. The WA population is determined at 30 June of the reporting year.

Our Performance

TIn 2017–18 the rate of electricity-related serious injuries and fatalities was 6 per million population. This is slightly lower than the 2016–17 rate, which was 7 per million population. The 14 per cent reduction from 2016–17 can be attributed to two fewer serious electrical accidents. However there was one fatality in 2017–18 compared with zero in 2016–17.

The target is set at zero as the desired outcome is to have no serious injuries and fatalities in both the electricity and gas energy areas.

Table 20: Key effectiveness indicator O2.1: Number of electricity-related serious injuries and fatalities per million population

2017–18 Target Actual Target +- Status
Overall results 0 6 -
Comparison with previous year

Results in detail

  • In 2017–18 there were 15 serious electrical accidents which included three incidents of hospitalisation, 11 incidents with medical treatment and one fatality.
  • By comparison, in 2016–17 there were 17 serious electrical accidents which included five incidents of hospitalisation, 12 incidents with medical treatment and no fatalities.