This indicator measures how effective the gas-related regulatory regime is, and subsequently the safety of the community. It provides information on the department’s effectiveness in achieving a community in which the use of gas is regulated and safe.
The raw number of gas-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.
In 2017–18 the rate of gas-related serious injuries and fatalities was 3 per million population, an improvement on the 2016–17 rates of 5 per million population. The 40 per cent reduction from 2016–17 can be attributed to three fewer serious gas accidents. There were no gas-related fatalities in 2017–18 compared with one in 2016–17. Targets are set at zero as the desired outcome is to have no serious injuries and fatalities in both the electricity and gas energy areas.
Table 21: Key effectiveness indicator O2. 2: Number of gas-related serious injuries and fatalities per million population