Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Government Administration and Defence

The Government and Defence industry generally refers to those engaged in government administration and regulatory activities as well as the Army, Navy and Air Defence forces.

Some things to consider when thinking about supporting and promoting healthy living activities in this industry include:

  • Work in this sector is very varied and ranges from the often very active to predominantly desk-based sedentary work.

Case Studies:

Police Tasmania

The data below provides information on the health risks of the people in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, weight, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Government Administration & Defence
24%
51%
72%
58%
24%
62%
37%
19%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average