WorkCover NSW - issuing of competency certificates (Operation Cassowary)

The ICAC investigated the issuing of thousands of false certificates of competency through the Certification Unit of the WorkCover Authority of NSW (WorkCover). The investigation established that certificates were issued without the applicants having undergone any assessment process and that false certificates were sold and disseminated through a network of distributors.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 14 December 2005, made findings of corrupt conduct against 23 persons, including three former WorkCover employees, 16 distributors of the certificates and four applicants for the false certificates.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 18 of these individuals for specified offences, and made 19 corruption prevention recommendations to WorkCover NSW.

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