Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Retail Trade

The Retail trade industry generally refers to those engaged in the purchase and/or onselling of goods to the general public.

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

  • The retail industry is a significant employer of young people. Around a third of the Australian population has their first experience of work in this sector.

The data below provides information on the health risks of the people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, 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%
Retail Trade
20%
54%
75%
50%
20%
51%
28%
20%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average