WorkCover Queensland has Authorised Persons who can carry out administrative compliance actions to identify and administratively penalise employers who don't hold adequate workers’ compensation insurance.
WorkCover uses sophisticated data matching systems to link to Federal and State Government agencies. Under-insured or uninsured employers may also be identified through online wage audits, employer site visits or various education and awareness campaigns undertaken by WorkCover throughout the year.
For employers who are uninsured or under-insured, WorkCover can recover unpaid premium along with a penalty equal to 100% of the unpaid premium. Also, if WorkCover has paid compensation or damages for an injury sustained by a worker when the employer was uninsured or under-insured, WorkCover can also recover the amount of the payment made together with a penalty equal to 50% of the payment.
In addition, WorkCover will refer certain matters for uninsured and under-insured employers to Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Services for investigation and possible prosecution.
WorkCover compliance activity 2021-2022 - to 31 March 2022
|Employer wage audits||288||$7,920,331|
|Premium raised for uninsured employers||55||$867,890|
|Employer site visits||201||$56,885|
|Action against uninsured employers where a claim was made||191||$2,577,227|
Wage audits completed by industry
|Accommodation and food services||41|
|Transport, postal and warehousing||21|
|Health care and social assistance||19|
|Administrative and support services||13|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||11|
|Education and training||8|
|Public administration and safety||6|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||6|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||5|
|Arts and recreation services||4|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||2|
|Financial and Insurance Services||1|