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WorkCover Queensland aims to excel in workers compensation insurance offering a financially viable scheme while balancing the needs of injured workers and employers. We work closely with the Office of Industrial Relations (the Regulator), to identify fraud and prosecute alleged offenders under the prosecutions framework. Penalties can be up to $55,000 or a maximum of five years imprisonment.

Below you will find a summary of workplace prosecutions. Many of the resolved matters relate to claimant and employer fraud.

Hearing date  Magistrates court  Outcome Case  
 28/01/14  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Partial term of imprisonment (one month) and suspended sentence (five months)
45 - For attempting to defraud WorkCover.
 13/12/13  Cairns 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence 
44 - For attempting to defraud WorkCover.
 28/11/13  Caboolture 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Fine $1,000
43 - For reporting a false injury to the employer and attempting to defraud WorkCover.
 21/11/13  Brisbane 
  • Conviction not recorded
  • Fine $4,000
  • Restitution $6,651
42 - For returning to work and failing to notify WorkCover and providing false and misleading information, the worker was charged.
 17/10/13  Brisbane
  • No Conviction recorded
  • Fine $3,000
  • Restitution $26,653
41 - For returning to work and failing to notify WorkCover.
 01/10/13  Southport
  • No Conviction recorded
  • Fine $5,000
  • Restitution $4,108
40 - For returning to work and failing to notify WorkCover.
 22/07/13  Cabooluture
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $23,353 restitution

39 - For returning to work and failing to notify WorkCover and providing false and misleading information, the worker was charged.

 20/06/13  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $19,311 restitution
  • Common law right extinguished

38 - For returning to work and failing to notify WorkCover, attempting to defraud WorkCover at common law and providing false and misleading information, the worker was charged.

 09/04/13  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $16,447 restitution
37 - For providing false and misleading information about return to work, the worker and his friend were charged.
 16/11/12  Caboolture
  • No conviction recorded
  • $4,000 fine
  • $23,892 restitution
  • Common law rights extinguished
36 - For providing false information about self-employment activities, the worker was charged.
 12/11/12  Maroochydore
  • No conviction recorded
  • $1,000 fine
  • $4,028 restitution
35 - For providing false and misleading information about return to work, the worker was charged.
 11/10/12  Brisbane
  • No conviction recorded
  • $3,000 fine
  • $11,505 restitution
  • Common law rights extinguished
34 - For attempting to defraud by engaging in self-employment, the worker was charged.
 02/11/12  Wynnum
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $32,280 restitution
33 - For providing false and misleading information about returning to work, the worker was charged.
 14/09/12  Caboolture
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $18,412 restitution
32 - For failing to declare he had returned to work, the worker was charged
 05/07/12  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $28,791 restitution
  • Common law rights extinguished
31 - For misrepresenting the extent of injuries, the worker was charged
 17/05/12  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • Common law rights
    extinguished
30 - For failing to disclose a prior injury, the worker was charged.
 17/05/12  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $58,854 restitution
  • Common law rights extinguised
29 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
 05/03/12  Townsville
  • No conviction recorded
  • $4,000 fine
  • $5,498 restitution
28 - For failing to disclose additional work, the worker was charged.
25/11/11  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • 10 weeks imprisonment
  • $26,303 restitution 
27 - For lying about the cause of injury, the worker was charged.
20/10/11 Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $20,049 restitution
26 - For providing false and misleading information, the worker was charged.
11/10/11  Rockhampton
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $26,822 restitution
25 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
29/08/11  Southport 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $48,263 restitution
24 - For lying about the cause of injury, the worker was charged.
26/08/11  Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • 4 months imprisonment
  • $122,588 restitution
23 - For providing fraudulent information, the worker was charged.
10/08/11  Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $45,245.61 restitution
22 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
07/07/11 Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
21 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
26/06/11 Cairns
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
20 - For lying about the cause of injury, the worker was charged.
22/06/11 Rockhampton
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $15,448 restitution
19 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
17/06/11 Townsville
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $19,170 restitution
18 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
19/05/11 Brisbane
  • No conviction recorded
  • $2,000 fine
  • $9,967 restitution
17 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

29/04/11 

Gold Coast 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $26,200 restitution
16 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

27/04/11 

Brisbane 
  • No conviction recorded
  • $2,500 fine
  • $15,829 restitution
15 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

27/04/11 

Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $24,870 restitution
14 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

24/03/11 

Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $58,549 restitution
13 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

20/01/11 

Brisbane 
  • No conviction recorded
  • $2,750 fine
  • $8,919 restitution
12 - For failure to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

20/01/11 

Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $23,172 restitution
11 - For failure to disclose additional employment, the worker was charged.

10/01/11 

Townsville
  • Conviction recorded
  • 30 days imprisonment 
  • $3,000 fine
  • $13,846 restitution
10 - For failure to insure multiple businesses, the employer was charged.

20/12/10 

Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $7,667 restitution
9 - For lying about the cause of injury, the worker was charged.

25/11/10 

Brisbane 
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
8 - For failing to disclose additional employment, the worker was charged.
16/11/10  Toowoomba
  • Conviction recorded
  • $2,750 fine
  • $4,622 restitution
7 - For lying about return to work duties, the worker was charged.

04/10/10 

Townsville
  • Conviction recorded
  • $6,000 fine
  • $8,763 restitution
6 and 5 - For continuing a self-employed business while on workers' compensation, the couple were charged.

04/10/10 

Townsville 
  • Conviction recorded
  • $6,000 fine
  • $6,336 restitution
6 and 5 - For continuing a self-employed business while on workers' compensation, the couple were charged.

19/08/10 

Brisbane
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $30,906 restitution
4 - For lying about the cause of injury, the worker was charged.

02/07/10 

Brisbane

  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $74,178 restitution
3 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.
16/07/10  Mackay
  • Conviction recorded
  • Suspended sentence
  • $50,382 restitution
2 - For failing to disclose a second job, the worker was charged.

13/07/10 

Townsville
  • No conviction recorded
  • $1,000 fine
  • $2,324 restitution
1 - For failing to disclose return to work, the worker was charged.
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