Woman charged with defrauding Government’s Drought Relief Scheme

A Central Queensland woman has been charged with defrauding the Queensland Government’s Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

The 31-year-old Springsure primary producer has been slapped with 26 fraud related offences following an investigation by detectives from State Crime Command’s Rockhampton Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural).

“It will be alleged woman fraudulently obtained drought relief subsidies by forging and uttering invoices when applying for the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme,” Queensland Police said in a statement.


The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme is a scheme set up by the Queensland Government to help primary producers in the grazing industries, manage their livestock resource during drought and to help in the restoration of that resource after drought.

Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell said it is “disappointing the woman has taken advantage of an assistance scheme put in place to assist the very likes of herself.”

The woman is expected to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on January 24.