Australians who pay for fake Covid vaccination certificates will face up to $11,000 fines and even jail time under change to the public health order
- Updated public health order targets trend in the use of faked vaccination proof
- The fine for making, selling, buying, showing fake vax documents is now $11,000
- There is also a potential jail sentence for the same offence of up to six months
Australians who attempt to fake a Covid vaccination certificate will face a huge fine and even jail time under a new public health order.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard signed off on the amendment which from Wednesday increases fines for individuals who make, buy or show false proof of vaccination status to $11,000 and up to six months in jail.
Second offences can attract a $5,500 fine ‘for each day the offence continues’, the Department of Premier and Cabinet confirmed to Daily Mail Australia.
There has been a growing trade in forged vaccine documentation in NSW since the state allowed greater freedoms for those who are double-jabbed from October 11.
As a result there is concern venue owners are routinely being shown vaccination certificates that are either forged or do not belong to the person showing the document.
The government has responded to an increase in the use of faked or stolen vaccination certificates with a sharp increase in penalties – raising the maximum fine to $11,000
There has been a growing trade in forged vaccine documentation in NSW, plus concern people can easily fake their own documentation using easily-accessed websites
In one recent case entrants to a competition associated with Jim’s Mowing, who were encouraging individuals to share proof of their double-vaccination on social media, found their vax certificates in a chat platform where people were attempting to buy the forgeries.
Fully vaccinated marketing worker Milli Richards spent a month fending off requests from anti-vaxxers asking for help getting forged vaccine documents after entering the competition.
The Queenslander repeatedly explained in 10 TikTok videos that she is not an anti-vaxxer, is already immunised, and has no idea how to fake vaccine passports.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott said people who used fake vaccination certificates were risking livelihoods.
‘You’re not only endangering your own health but those you love,’ he said.
The image of Ms Richards posted in a Telegram of her holding her real vaccination passport, which was claimed to be proof fake documents work
Milli Richards (pictured) admits she made a big mistake uploading her vaccination certificate to Instagram. Ms Richards is not involved with the sale of fake vaccination documents and opposes their sale
‘There are very serious consequences for people who engage in this kind of behaviour.’
Mr Hazzard signed the amendment in a bid to ‘prohibit the provision, display or production of information or evidence purporting to show a person is a fully vaccinated person, unless it is true and accurate’.
If the offender is issued a penalty notice, the maximum is $5,000. But the amendment leaves room for penalties of up to $11,000 in some situations.
‘A person must not provide, display or produce to another person information or evidence, including vaccination evidence, purporting to show the person is a fully vaccinated person, unless the information or evidence is true and accurate,’ the amended clause to the public health order said.
Anyone who believes their personal information has been stolen should immediately contact Crimes Stoppers on 1800 333 000.