The State Government is improving its testing systems to ensure only the most qualified people are overseeing health and safety in the state’s mines, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has said.
The State’s Board of Examiners is currently being revamped to ensure a high level of safety is achieved.
The eight-member Board of Examiners is responsible for ensuring only qualified people hold statutory positions managing safety and health at mines.
Wilson said there had been a number of changes to the way in which the board operates.
“These include new senior appointments to the board plus streamlined administrative processes to deliver more flexible, and efficient arrangements for applicants to safety positions,” he said.
“In the past, applicants were provided with a practice examination before they sat the written test.
“We are revising and restructuring both written and practice examinations so that as well as providing a score for the completed examination, the result will also reveal any areas of topic strength or weakness.”
A new automated workflow and document tracking system will help process applications.