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8 April 2013
Acceptance of Training Certification
All applicants for a Class 1 licence must meet current competency requirements as published on the SLED website. Holders of training certificates that do not meet these requirements must contact an Approved Organisation (Security Training) to obtain acceptable training certification.
This does not apply to existing licensees who renew within 90 days of their licence expiry date.
25 February 2013
Security licences can now be renewed online.
For more information go to the 'Renew Your Licence Online' webpage.
22 February 2013
RMS ID required prior to submitting an application for a NSW security operator licence.
All successful applicants for NSW security operator licences are issued with a photo-licence card. NSW Security Photo-Licence Cards are issued by NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS).
To facilitate the production of a photo-licence card, applicants must either hold a:
- NSW Driver Licence or
- Photo Card issued by RMS or
- obtain a Customer Number (issued by RMS where applicants reside interstate).
To obtain an RMS Customer Number, an applicant needs to provide proof of identity documents such as a passport, proof of address (utility bill) and proof of signature (a credit card or similar).
It is the SLED's understanding that RMS does not charge for this service. However, more information can be obtained by telephoning RMS on 1800 624 384 (for interstate callers) or 13 22 13 (for calling from NSW).
21 February 2013
First issue of the SLED Newsletter published.
Download the first issue of the SLED Newsletter. This newsletter is one of a number of initiatives the SLED is introducing to improve our service delivery to the security industry and to promote a better understanding by the industry of legislative requirements, licensee obligations and the SLED’s role, services and activities. A 'hard copy' of the Newsletter will be posted to all licence holders next week.
19 December 2012
SLED to accept applications to become an Approved Organisation to provide security training, assessment and instruction for Certificate II and Certificate III in Security Operations.
The SLED will commence accepting applications from organisations seeking the Commissioner’s approval to provide security training, assessment and instruction for the purposes of section 15 of the Security Industry Act 1997 (the Act) from 21 January 2013. Application forms and a helpful fact sheet outlining eligibility requirements will be available from the SLED’s website on 14 January. Applicants will be contacted by the SLED’s Approved Training team commencing February 2013 to organise participation in aspects of the approval process including an audit of the organisation to ensure compliance with security industry legislation.
The SLED is currently developing new mandatory assessment materials to replace the NSW Security Licensing Implementation Guides. The new assessment materials will be implemented on 1 April 2013. For this reason, approval for additional organisations to provide security training, assessment and instruction for the purposes of section 15 of the Act will be granted to align with the implementation of the new assessment materials on 1 April 2013.
Further information on the application process may be obtained by contacting the SLED’s Approved Training team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 November 2012
Update to the 1 June 2009 SLED news item “NSW Police Force's position in relation to training certificates issued by Roger Training Academy Pty Ltd”.
Training certificates issued by Roger Training Academy Pty Ltd will not be accepted from applicants seeking:
- an initial security licence
- a new licence, when the applicant has previously had a licence suspended or revoked
- to add a new subclass to an existing Class 1 licence
- to renew a licence more than 90 days after the expiry date of the licence
14 November 2012
Change to the SLED Security Licence Public Register
On 1 November 2012, the SLED implemented the Government Licensing System (GLS) as part of our efforts to streamline security licensing processing.
As a result, the SLED Security Licence Public Register has moved and is now provided through the GLS ‘NSW Online Licence Check’ system, which is available at https://www.licence.nsw.gov.au/LicenceCheck/ or via a link on the SLED website (www.police.nsw.gov.au/sled).
The Public Register allows access to information relating to licences, including the name of the licence holder, the licence classes held, the licence expiry date and the current licence status.
The change to the Public Register has impacted on Master licensees who had applied for access to run automated licence checks. The SLED is attempting to resolve these issues and will contact the affected licensees shortly.
9 November 2012
SLED Advisory Council - Industry appointments
The Commander, State Crime Command has confirmed the selection of the following 10 industry representatives for appointment to the Council up to 31 October 2014:
Mr Norman Axford, Locksmith Industry Representative
Mr George Chin OAM, Chairman, SIS MSS Security Holdings Pty Ltd
Mr Julian Claxton, Chief Strategist, International Operations Group Pty Ltd
Mr Bryan de Caires, CEO, Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL)
Mr Maurice Delle Coste, CEO, Australian Corporate Protection Pty Ltd
Ms Lenette Ison, Executive Manager (Business/Compliance), Australian Concert and Entertainment Security Pty Ltd
Mr Daniel Lewkovitz, CEO, Calamity.com.au
Mrs Joh Paynter, Director, Paynter Security Pty Ltd t/as PGC Security
Mr Gregory Peak, Security Guard, Supreme Security Services
Mr George Zeitoune, Access Group Solutions
The SLED was very pleased to receive quality applications from the security industry and endeavoured to select representatives from a broad cross section of the industry. We encourage industry members to contribute suggestions and comments on the regulation of the security industry directly to the SLED or to the industry members of the Council.
The first meeting of the Council is to be held on 30 November 2012.
2012 Legislation change news articles
18 April 2012
Approval for training organisations to conduct security licensing training courses
In July 2011, the NSW Police Force became aware of a possible impact on its security industry training regulatory powers of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011(Cth), which is administered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) www.asqa.gov.au
After considerable liaison between various NSW and Commonwealth agencies, it became clear that the introduction of the Commonwealth Act on 1 July 2011 unintentionally removed the powers of occupational licensing bodies (such as the SLED) to regulate the provision of related training and assessment by RTOs, in those jurisdictions that have referred VET related powers to the Commonwealth. (See, particularly, s.9 of the Commonwealth Act.)
One of the provisions of the NSW security industry legislation rendered inoperable by the NVETR Act is clause 45(1) of the Security Industry Regulation 2007, which empowered the NSW Commissioner of Police to approve RTOs to conduct approved security industry training. The effect of this is that SLED no longer has a legislative basis to consider any application to become an approved RTO from which SLED will accept qualifications for licensing purposes.
The NSW Police Force has been working with ASQA and the NSW Government to resolve the impact of the Commonwealth Act on the NSW Commissioner of Police’s powers through legislative amendments.
Changes will be published via this website. To register an interest in becoming an approved RTO, please email email@example.com
8 February 2012
Minor changes proposed by the SLED to the Security Industry Act 1997 were recently identified as suitable for the Statute Law Revision Program and commenced on 6 January 2012.
The changes were primarily designed to clarify some aspects of the defined security activities in section 4 of the Act. The following new definitions of the terms bodyguard and crowd controller are likely to be of greatest interest to the security industry:
- Bodyguard means a person who is employed or engaged for the purpose of providing close personal protection to another person.
- Crowd controller means a person who, in respect of any licensed premises (within the meaning of the Liquor Act 2007), public entertainment venue or public or private event or function, as part of his or her regular duties performs for remuneration any of the following functions.
- controlling or monitoring the behaviour of persons,
- screening persons seeking entry,
- removing persons for behavioural or other reasons,
- any other function prescribed by the regulations.
Copies of the Security Industry Act 1997, incorporating these recent changes, can be downloaded at: www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
12 November 2010
This week the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) ruled on two mutual recognition applications refused by the Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED).
The SLED argued that the applicants were not eligible to apply under the provisions of Section 19 of the Mutual Recognition Act, because each had a previous NSW licence that had been revoked "as a result of disciplinary action". In both cases, the individuals' NSW licences were revoked because they failed to comply with the requirement to complete a required training upgrade.
The AAT affirmed the Commissioner's decision, effectively ruling that a revocation on these grounds does constitute "disciplinary action". This means that applicants who were revoked for not providing upgraded training certificates, and who then obtain an interstate licence, are not eligible for a licence in NSW under mutual recognition principles.
To read the decisions in full, visit the AAT's website www.aat.gov.au