I refer you to an article appearing in the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Section 533 of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) makes it an offence to defraud WorkCover, including returning to a ‘calling’ and in this case exaggeration for returning to competition surfing. Section 534 makes it an offence for false and misleading information or statements, which are often also the ‘gravamen’ of the general defraud charge.
Costs of $16,000 were also ordered in the above matter, which is a further deterrent.
Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack