Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- It has been shown in a hearing that a security company made huge profits from the 2007 amendments to the NSW Australian security industry law. Amendments that were designed to improve standards and upgrade licensed guards throughout the industry.
Sydney company, Ahmed Moosaniâs Roger Training Academy, awarded industry-recognized certificates, claiming the recipients had received training in security guarding and responsible practices in serving alcohol and the conduct of gambling. All the candidates needed to do was pass under-the-table payments of up to $500.
It is believed that on one occasion Ahmed Moosani accepted an opal valued at around $4,000 in return for a provisional security guard license.
ICAC (the Independent Commission Against Corruption) was informed that between August 2008 and April 2009 Moosani had deposited at least $1.3 million into a bank account. It is understood the company earned over that.
Dru Hyland, security guard trainer for the company, boasted to a friend that he had made $150,000 in just five months. He purchased a new motorbike and a four wheel drive, as well as taking his wife to Vanuatu on holiday. Hyland earned $250 per shift for running the RPL course, and $150 for every student he encouraged to participate.
Hyland and Moosani have been accused of giving students the answers to assessment questions. It is believed they also certified security guards without any face-to-face teaching.
Carolyn Davenport SC, counsel assisting the commissioner, said guards were even given the required first aid certificates without any training, just as long as under-the-table payments of $100 to $150 were made to the company. "Certification could be obtained through Roger simply by paying the money and obtaining the necessary workbook, as well as a book or CD containing the answers to the questions in the workbook."
Hyland told the hearing the training was "valueless". He also admitted forging one guard's literacy and numeracy tests and the enrolment form, in case he was audited. Certificates were also issued to anyone who didnât want to complete the course.
Ms Davenport, in her opening address to the inquiry, said Roger Training Academy was well known in the industry for fast-tracking guards through its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) course. Just so long as individuals or security firms paid course fees of $350 to $500.
A review of security at the highly sensitive Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney, (where security guards had been certified as trained by Roger Academy) was commenced at the beginning of August, after members of an alleged terrorist cell plotted to storm the base, television stations and other high profile organizations. The hearing continues.
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