Australian National Incident Dataset (NID) Infographics

  • October 7, 2021 – Cold/Flu & Respiratory Illness Types
    In this infographic we explore the most frequently reported factors that contributed to the Cold/Flu or Respiratory illness incidents that occurred between September 2018 and July 2021. From the 395 reported incidents, 325 people required first aid treatment and 80 were removed from the program.  The participant’s mental/physical condition, such as pre-existing cold/flu symptoms, allergies or asthma, was the most frequently reported contributory factor. There was a frequently reported relationship with compliance and decisions at the client level, suggesting that parents and schools are sending participants to program with cold/flu symptoms or are not providing information about pre-existing respiratory conditions. Weather was also a commonly reported factor, with temperature, rain, pollens, or dust exacerbating cold/flu or respiratory conditions.
  • August 10, 2021 – Psychosocial Incident Types
    In this infographic we examine the psychosocial incidents types reported to the National Incident Dataset and report the actual and potential severity of these incidents and their contributory factors.  The contributory factors involved in minor severity incidents were similar to those involved in serious or severe incidents. This highlights the importance of reporting all incidents, regardless of their severity, to support the development of strategies that will help reduce the likelihood and severity of incidents.
  • February 10, 2021 – Campcraft Activities
    Since September 14, 2018, 473 injury or illness incidents relating to Campcraft Activities have been reported.  Although, 89% of these incidents were minor in severity, 7% of the incidents were reported with a potential severity rating of serious, severe or critical.  In addition to an overview of a subset of data we typically provide in our Infographics, such as, the types of incidents and frequently reported contributory factors, this infographic presents a PreventiMap for Campcraft related incidents.  The PreventiMap shows a network of interventions that could be explored to prevent and management campcraft related incidents.
  • November, 2020 – Weather Related Incidents
    In this Infographic we show how the weather has been reported as a contributory factor in LOA incidents.  In over two years of data reported to the National Incident Dataset, 724 incidents identified weather as a contributory factor.  The Infographic reveals the activities frequently affected by weather, and describes how weather interacts with other factors to contribute to incident causation.
  • August, 2020 – Harness (Outdoors)
    This infographic shows the near miss and injury incidents associated with outdoor harness activities.
  • January, 2020 – Cycling (on-road / Off-road)
    This infographic presents the most frequently identified contributory factors and relationships associated with incidents involving cycling.  In line with our other analyses, cycling incidents are influenced by factors from multiple levels of the LOA system.
  • December, 2019 – Heat & Water Related Incidents
    With summer upon us and the weather heating up across country, this month’s infographic is focused on heat and water related activities.  While many of the factors identified are quite obvious, our data shows that they are continuing to occur throughout the year.
  • April, 2019 – Walking / Running Incidents
    After a review of the initial data, walking/running incidents were the most frequently reported incidents so we have focused primarily on those, and split by gender, incident type and the factors and relationships contributing to incidents.
  • August, 2019 – Organisation Size
    This infographic demonstrates that incidents reported to UPLOADS differ regarding activity type, incident type, and incident severity as a function of organisation size.
  • October, 2019 – Pre-existing Health Conditions
    This infographic shows the most frequently identified contributory factors, and relationships between factors associated with incidents involving a pre-exiting health condition.

UPLOADS Annual Reports


  • Goode, N., Salmon, P. M., Lenne, M., & Finch, C. (2018). Translating Systems Thinking Into Practice: A Guide to Developing Incident Reporting Systems. CRC Press.

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Our PhD and Masters students have also undertaken a number of related projects:

Dr. Clare Dallat (Completed): A systems approach to risk assessment in the led outdoor activity context
Dr Tony Carden (Completed): Regulating safety in adventure activities
Dr Brian Thoroman (Completed): Near miss incidents as an indicator of safety system weaknesses during led outdoor activities

One comment on “Publications
  1. For information on how you can get involved, check out the UPLOADS project website ( where you can access lots more info and sign up to contribute your organisation’s incident data to the growing UPLOADS National Incident Database.

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