A number of Queensland mine workers may be operating under false qualifications, forcing the Department of Natural Mines and Resources to issue a safety warning to mining companies.
The move comes after Rockhampton police charged the director of North Australia Career and Training Services with fraud and forgery offences.
It is alleged that Jeniffer Deasy could have been issuing fake certificates as far back as 2012, The Morning Bulletin reported.
Detective Sergeant Nick Williams urged people with qualifications, especially in occupational health and safety and human resources, to have their certificates checked.
"It's quite possible she has been conducting training for a period of over two years in which the qualifications may not be recognised," Williams said.
Acting on the police report, a Department of Natural Resources and Mines spokesperson said it was concerned the allegations may impact safety on mine sites.
“The issuing of fraudulent certificates may have a direct safety impact in relation to the management of risk at your mine site,” it said.
"The Queensland Government takes very seriously the need for workers in the mining industry to manage risk by operating with valid and competent mine safety training qualifications.
"That is why a safety alert is being issued to all mining industry operators to check their training records and assess their exposure to the possibility of fraudulent qualifications issued by training providers."
The government body recommended companies:
- Check training records and assess exposure to the possibility of fraudulent qualifications issued by training providers. This may include but is not limited to checking the registration of the organisation providing your training and the accreditation of the courses being provided.
- Ensure any risks arising from this matter are being effectively managed at your mine site.
- Inform the Inspectorate of any anomalies detected in relation to this matter. This will assist the Inspectorate to participate in a proactive response, according to the nature and size of the risk.
Williams said fraudulent certificates may have a person’s name printed off-centre, or may look like they have been scanned.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved standards and accreditations are being met.