What is fraud?
There are many legal definitions of fraud. Simply, in the legislation fraud is defined as 'obtaining money or a financial advantage for yourself, or for another person, through dishonesty or deception.'
This can be as simple as telling a lie to obtain workers compensation benefits.
Fraud exists in the NSW workers compensation system and it undermines the community's confidence in the system. Every year, WorkCover's Fraud Investigation Branch investigates numerous reports of suspected fraudulent activity and works closely with Scheme Agents, as well as Self and Specialised Insurers, to target and uncover potentially fraudulent matters.
Fraud is committed by employers, workers and service providers.
Employers sometimes contravene workers compensation regulations by failing to pass on workers compensation benefits to their workers or supplying false and misleading information to obtain a policy.
Service providers sometimes commit fraud by submitting fraudulent invoices or providing false information in connection with a claim.
Workers sometimes commit fraud by claiming an injury occurred in the workplace when it actually occurred playing sport, or doing another activity in their own time.
Injured workers sometimes commit fraud by falsifying medical certificates.
Call 13 10 50 for more information about fraud.