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19 March 2015

Australian Security Medals.

The Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc (ASMF) seeks to publicly recognise men and women in the Australian security industry for their bravery and contribution.

Each year, the ASMF presents two types of medals:

  • The Australian Security Medal of Valour (ASMV), recognising acts of bravery and initiative; and
  • The Australian Security Medal (ASM), recognising contribution to security professionalism and providing examples of outstanding citizenship, positive leadership, insights or influence at a strategic management level.


The medals are presented by the Foundation’s Patron, The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP, at a black-tie charity dinner.  The fifth annual ASMF black-tie event will be held on Friday 19 June 2015 at the National War Memorial in Canberra.

The Foundation, in conjunction with St John Ambulance, also recently introduced a Save a Life Award for the hundreds of security operatives each year who save lives through rendering first aid.  The Award is sent to the nominating entity for presentation at the recipient’s place of work.

In addition, the ASMF has established an International Security Study Fellowship, providing security students with an opportunity to study and gain experience overseas.

To learn more about the ASMF, reserve seats for the Canberra event, or submit an award nomination, visit: www.inspiringsecurity.com

9 February 2015

Changes to the Security Industry Act 1997.

On 8 January 2015, minor changes to the Security Industry Act 1997 (the Act) commenced.  The changes mainly provide more clarity, including that:

  • Class 1A, Class 1B, Class 1C, Class 1E and Class 1F licences do not authorise the licensee to carry on a security activity with a dog;

  • a Class 2A licence authorises the licensee to:

- sell security methods or principles; and
- act as a consultant by identifying and analysing security risks and providing solutions and management strategies to minimise those security risks;

  • a Class 2B licence authorises the licensee to:

- sell (and provide advice in relation to) security equipment;
- sell the services of persons to carry on any security activity;
- act as an agent for (or otherwise obtain contracts for) the supply of persons to carry on any security activity, the supply of any security equipment or the supply of any security activity; and
- broker any security activity by acting as an intermediary to negotiate and obtain any such activity for a person in return for a commission or financial benefit; 

  • a master licence (other than a renewed licence) comes into force on the date specified in the licence; 
     
  • a Class 1 or Class 2 licence (other than a renewed licence) comes into force on the day on which the licence is collected or, if the licence is posted to the licensee, 4 working days after the latest photograph of the licensee was taken.

Copies of the Security Industry Act 1997 incorporating these and other recent changes can be downloaded at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

1 October 2014

Revocation of Conditional Class 1 Security Licences.

A “conditional licence” is a licence that has a condition placed on it under section 23E of the Security Industry Act 1997 requiring the holder to provide evidence of attainment of all units of competency for the licence.

In July 2014, a “Notice of Intention to Revoke Security Licence” was mailed to all licensees holding a conditional licence.  The notice contained steps that could be taken to avoid revocation action.

Holders of conditional Class 1 licences who failed to take action to avoid the revocation of their licence are hereby notified that the revocation of their licence is effective on and from Wednesday 1 October 2014.

If you hold a revoked licence, you are no longer authorised to carry on security activities.  Penalties apply for persons who carry on security activities without a current licence.

Click here to determine licence status.  

29 April 2014

Applications for Security Licences - Evidence of Attainment of Competencies.

Applicants for security licences are now able to lodge their application prior to completing any required training and assessment.  Applicants can now choose to provide the evidence that they  have attained any required competencies either with their application, or within 42 days after lodging their application.

The intent of this change is to reduce the time between a person deciding to enter the industry and them actually being granted a licence to do so, as it allows the SLED to conduct the fingerprinting process and other probity checks in parallel with the applicant completing any required training and assessment.

9 December 2013

Security Industry Amendment (Licences) Act 2013 and  Security Industry Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2013.

On 9 December 2013, changes to the security industry legislation took effect, including:

  • extending licence eligibility to include an applicant who is a holder of a working visa (other than a student or working holiday visa)
  • allowing applicants for a Class 1 or Class 2 licence to lodge the required training documentation within 42 days after lodging their application
  • omitting the requirement for an applicant for a master licence or visitor permit who is a corporation to include its Australian Company Number in the application
  • providing for the Commissioner of Police to make determinations in relation to uniforms to be worn and vehicles to be used in connection with the carrying on of security activities.


For more information, refer to the Security Industry Amendment (Licences) Act 2013 and Security Industry Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2013.

27 November 2013

Removal of Competency Requirements for Licence Class 1E (Monitoring Centre Operator).

Competency requirements for Class 1E (Monitoring Centre Operator) licences have been removed.

The Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM), at its meeting held on 7-8 November 2013, resolved that the previously agreed national minimum competency requirements for monitoring centre operators be abandoned.

Applicants for Class 1E licences will still need to satisfy all other general suitability criteria, as well as criminal and other related history criteria.

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 a SLED 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.

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).

2012 Legislation change news articles

29 October 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012

3 October 2012 - SLED '2012 Security Legislation Changes' information sessions

17 September 2012 - Error in draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012

3 September 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 (draft)

2 July 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Bill 2012

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