About Us


When experienced industry trainer and safety consultant Kerryanne Tawhai moved to Gladstone from work at the Kalgoorlie “Superpit”, it didn’t take long for her to see an opportunity. Recognised for her ability to push the “best practice” envelope in delivering training and safety systems, Kerryanne wasn’t satisfied with the standards of the majority of RTOs she was contracting with. So, with partner Trevor Tyson, a civil engineer, she established her own RTO. DTE embodies their decades of experience in training and safety for the mining, processing, oil and gas sectors. Kerryanne and her team understand what it takes to achieve positive results from training and maintain robust safety systems.




  • New $1.4million training facility – situated in Gladstone’s CBD
  • Tailored training – in partnership with our clients, we offer specifically designed training , adapted to suit their learning needs and workplace requirements
  • Effective delivery – we will take time to understand the most appropriate methods to deliver the material
  • Productive class sizes – limited to 12 to 14 for accredited training or 20 for approved training as per WHSQ
  • Flexible delivery styles – training styles are altered to suit client needs.
  • Expertise and high standards – Kerryanne wrote the company’s accredited RTO system, as well as the quality and safety systems
  • Systems knowledge – ability to write or review operational policies and procedures
  • Safety on-call– offering tailored packages and services to suit business needs, delivered in clear, innovative and productive formats, enabling continuous improvement
  • Innovation – offering new ways to meet safety needs, such as a drive through drug and alcohol screening service so workers can ensure they are fit for work.

Want to know more, check out our Mission Statement.

Our Services

Training Courses

We offer professionally delivered, nationally accredited and recognised training courses for the resources and industry, to meet WHS compliance and support PCBU compliance. View and book in to our upcoming training courses HERE.

Training Packages

We can develop contextualised packages that meet client and training package requirements and nationally accredited outcomes. For more information, CONTACT US.

Training Facilities

Our new $1.4m training facility in Gladstone is now open, with modern facilities for hire. We can also provide on-site training. View our rooms for hire HERE.

Fit For Work

Drug and alcohol screening services for the workplace. Ensure you meet your legislative obligations and maintain a safe working environment. Check out our Fit for Work services HERE.

Policy & Procedures

We can develop policy and procedures for your business that align with your business need and international best practice. For more information, CONTACT US.

On Call Safety

Incident investigations, drug and alcohol testing, rehabilitation and return to work coordination and facilitation of the risk assessment process. For more information, CONTACT US.

Quality & Safety

Down to Earth Results trading under DTE Training & Safety Skills is accredited for Quality Management Systems ISO 9001 and Safety AS/NZS4801. ISO 9001AS/NZS 4801

DTE Training & Safety Skills have proven on-site experience in the mining, processing, oil and gas sectors with clients including: Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, GPC, Bechtel, BMA and Downer EDI Mining.

Our People

Kerryanne Tawhai, Director/Trainer Assessor
Safety, Training & Front Line Manager Coaching Specialist

Kerryanne Tawhai has delivered training and systems development and management to major companies from Western Australia to Central Queensland and New Zealand. She has worked across the resources, manufacturing and construction sectors, including in-house for Cement Australia and as training advisor for the largest gold mine in the southern hemisphere – the “Superpit” at Kalgoorlie.

Ten years as an open cut miner means Kerryanne understands operational practicalities firsthand. In 2003, owners of the “Superpit”, Newmont/Barrick JV, operating as KCGM, recognised her commitment to self-development and value as a safety trainer, and sent her to the USA to study.

Kerryanne had already gained qualifications in Training and Assessment, Frontline Management, Occupational Safety and Health and became a shot firer and a Restricted Quarry Manager while working shift work as an operator. In the US, she was trained in Root Cause Analysis, visited other Barrick mine sites and went to the Caterpillar proofing grounds in Arizona. On her return she was offered, and accepted, the role of training advisor.

In 2004, a 5-star audit was conducted at KCGM by the Newmont JV partner. Kerryanne’s training department was awarded 4-and-a-half stars and Recognised as the only area within the business approaching industry best practice.

Kerryanne moved to Gladstone with her partner, civil engineer Trevor Tyson in 2006 and established Down to Earth Results to deliver safety, training and engineering consultancy services. During the next five years, Kerryanne worked mainly with registered training organisations (RTOs) focused on the needs of Bowen Basin mining operators and major contractors. Seeing a gap in the market for an RTO to meet her own high standards, Kerryanne wrote the system herself and attained RTO status for Down to Earth Results which now trades under the name DTE Training & Safety Skills.

Kerryanne has delivered training and provided safety and systems support for major operators across the region, including:

  • Rio Tinto
  • Bechtel
  • QGC
  • Xstrata
  • Gladstone Ports Corporation
  • Cement Australia
  • Downer Edi Mining
  • Anglo Coal
  • Buel

Since 2003, Kerryanne estimates she has delivered training to more than 1,000 people, across a range of subject areas from earthworks, health and safety, and risk management, to rehabilitation and return to work coordination, as well as coaching for supervisors and frontline management.

Key recent achievements include:

  • Opening of new $1.4 million premises in Gladstone
  • Writing and production of 15 contextualized training packages for Downer Edi
  • Development of the Registered Training Organisation systems for Down to Earth Results
  • Development of the quality and safety systems for Down to Earth Results.
Trevor Tyson, Finance Manager
Civil Engineer, Water & Tailings Specialist

Civil Engineer Trevor Tyson has overseen multimillion dollar infrastructure projects throughout Queensland and Western Australia, including as a manager at the massive Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine (KCGM).

Trevor’s 14 years at the “Superpit”, provided specialized knowledge of tailings and water storage, as well as ongoing operational improvement and risk/cost reduction projects. His work there culminated in a set of facilities that were being run at best practice. His expertise was recognised and resulted in a 3-month secondment to the operation of a joint venture partner to review all their Australian and New Zealand tailings facilities.

Trevor moved to Queensland in 2006 with partner Kerryanne Tawhai and established Down to Earth Results. His professional experience filled a skills gap for a civil engineering capability on mine sites and he began working as a mining consultant, contractor and engineer for tailings storage construction. His knowledge of operational efficiency also meant he was called on to provide advice to mining operations to improve the operability of their facilities.

His work as a water and tailings consultant has included design, management reviews and safety inspections for facilities at Boddington, Foxleigh and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Goonyella-Riverside, Ernest Henry, Osborne and Cracow in Queensland.

Trevor’s project roles since 2006 have included:

  • Project Engineer with Worley Parsons for construction of a DTMR road development including bridges, dredge sediment basins and conveyor platform for WICET, Gladstone, Queensland. ($50m project)
  • Superintendent for the construction of a 22m high water dam at BatuHijau mine in Indonesia.
  • Site Engineer with Barrick for the construction of an extension to a tailings storage facility (TSF) at Osborne Mines, Queensland.
  • Site Engineer with Newcrest for the construction of a 6m wall raise on a ~30m high TSF at Cracow Gold Mine, Queensland.
  • Site Engineer with BMA for the construction of a TSF raise at Goonyella-Riverside Mine, Queensland.
  • Site Engineer with Allan Watson and Associates for construction of 400ML sediment dam at Century Mine, Queensland.
  • QA Engineer with Golder Associates for CSM pile construction at Gladstone LNG, Queensland.
  • Project Engineer with BMA for the construction of a TSF raise and coal stockpile extension at Blackwater Mine, Queensland.
Karly Schwenke, Administrator

Karly graduated from High School in 2013 with a clear vision of what career path to take.

Spending her last 2 years of school studying Business Administration Karly knew she wanted to pursue a career as an Administrator and grow upon her customer focused attitude to be a part of a successful business & team.

Kim Fill, Accounts

Kim is a long term resident of Gladstone who has worked in the Registered Training Organisation sector for the past 5½ years. Kim enjoys working in Development, communicating with both clients and regulatory bodies in order to plan, design and maintain training and safety compliance. With a commitment to learning for all, Kim has achieved a Cert IV in Business Administration as well as a JP Qualified Certification herself and is thriving on working in a positive environment, with a practical, supportive and effective team.

Russell Bourne, Training Assessor
Safety & Training Professional

Russell Bourne is a training and safety professional with eight years of VET experience, backed by a 15-year trade background in mechanical fitting in the mining, construction, chemical processing and oil and gas industries. Russell has provided training, assessments, rehabilitation & return to work programs and safety services to companies operating in Western Australia and Central Queensland, including the LNG and aluminum sectors.

Russell joined the Down to Earth Results team in 2010, after working in the Pilbara region and Karratha, providing training, assessments and safety services for the mining, construction, oil and gas companies.

His has provided training services to a wide range of companies including:

  • Woodside
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore
  • Dampier Port Authority
  • BHP Billiton
  • Brambles (BIS)
  • CQ Drilling
  • Holcim Australia
  • Coates Hire
  • Transfield Worley
  • National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA(
  • Pilbara TAFE
Kirsty Lanham, Fit for Work Coordinator
Trainer and Assessor

Kirsty’s background was in the mining sector working within the laboratory setting, where she spent 7 years of her career. Having a passion for health and wellbeing created a career path into this field. Kirsty now manages Fit for Work at DTE and conducts the First Aid Suite of Training for the company.

Dave Luhrs, Trainer and Assessor

Dave Luhrs extensive career began with QR as a train driver and advanced to the coal mining industry accomplishing knowledge in drill and blast, mining, coal processing and later stevedoring. With a wealth of experience behind him Dave became a Trainer assessor in 2007 and proceeded to train the industry with his skill set, including high risk licensed outcomes.