What Tactics do Workers’ Comp Investigators Use?

As more untrustworthy people seek creative and illegitimate ways to make an income, it’s unfortunate that workers’ compensation is one of them. It’s never a nice feeling when you have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve been taken for a ride by one of your employees.

If your employee recently filed for workers’ compensation from an injury but your instincts are telling you that their story isn’t adding up, you may be onto something. But how can you be certain? That’s where we come in.


With over 30 years of experience, Melbourne Private Investigations can help you get to the bottom of your case. While it may seem like an invasion of privacy, a workcover private investigator such as ourselves is able to observe and keep tabs on the actions of your employee within the confines of the law.
Here’s just some of the legal tactics we use to conduct surveillance on your employee to come up with a case.

Factual interviews: Our workcover private investigators may interview or have a conversation with your employee’s relatives, friends or other co-workers. We do not have to reveal our identity when talking with your employee’s nearest and dearest.

Online surveillance: This involves watching to see what is posted on social media or in chat rooms. For example, if the employee is not truly injured, they may write a post or share a video of them on vacation or participating in any activity (such as a team sport). Usually, this is enough evidence to prove that the new mobile casino party is not as injured as they say they are.

Video surveillance: If your employee is in a public space or can be viewed easily from a public space, such as the supermarket, public park or sports ground, or even their backyard then we can observe from a distance. This is because if the employee is in an area where members of the public can see, we are also allowed to “see” your employee as well.


A common concern for those looking to hire a workers compensation private investigator is that the subject will know that they are being watched. This is incorrect. As professionals, we are incredibly discreet, and remember that we don’t have to reveal our identities to anyone when we are conducting factual interviews.
If you suspect your employee of malingering, exaggerating or faking their workplace injury, get the peace of mind you deserve and speak to us.

If you suspect your employee has filed a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim, contact Melbourne Private Investigations today to begin a formal investigation.


Protect your business and your best interests with Melbourne Private Investigations. Using a range of state-of-the-art surveillance technology, including Audio Enhancement Software and GPS Tracking, we can help you get the answers you need from your worker.

More and more Australians are turning to an independent professional to investigate their workers’ compensation claim, so don’t be afraid to contact us. We’re available 24/7 for a confidential discussion about your requirements.

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