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16 July 2014

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Advisory Council.

The SLED is currently seeking nominations from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the SLED Advisory Council until November 2016. A maximum of 10 industry representatives will be selected to represent the diversity of the industry.

Industry representative members will be selected by a vote of the outgoing industry representatives at the end of their term of membership of the Council, effective 31 October 2014.

Details of past meetings, including discussion papers and Communiqués (meeting summaries), can be accessed via the SLED Advisory Council webpage.

To submit an expression of interest, please complete the application form below, which must be received by the SLED no later than 22 August 2014.

Download the SLED Advisory Council Information Sheet.

Download the application form for membership of the SLED Advisory Council.

Completed forms are to be addressed to the Secretariat at:

  • sled@police.nsw.gov.au
  • Fax:  1300 362 066
  • Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Locked Bag 5099 Parramatta NSW 2124  

4 June 2014

Work underway to build communication skills in the security industry.

The SLED is currently involved in the "Loud & Clear"  project  focussed on building the communication skills of those undertaking training in the Certificate II in Security Operations.
 
This project is being managed by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) who have put together the attached bulletin that provides an overview of the project, its activities and timeframes.

Master licensees are encouraged to attend the "Employer Forum" in Sydney on 16 June 2014.  Click here for more information on this project, including how to register.

2 June 2014

Deadline for Conditional Licence holders: 1 July 2014.

Holders of conditional licences are reminded that the deadline for submission of the required training and assessment documentation imposed under section 23E of the Security Industry Act 1997 is fast approaching.

For an explanation of ‘conditional licences’, please refer to the SLED News article dated 17 October 2013.

Licensees who do not submit a copy of the required training and assessment documentation to SLED by 1 July 2014 will have their licences revoked. For more information, please refer to our website or call us on 1300 362 001.

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.

29 April 2014

Survey regarding the impact of alcohol related violence on crowd controllers.

The issue of alcohol related violence, and its impact on crowd controllers, has been the subject of discussions by the SLED Advisory Council.  ASIAL has agreed to lead further analysis and discussion of this issue from an industry perspective, with the support of the SLED.  For this purpose, ASIAL is currently conducting a survey of crowd controllers and Master licensees who provide crowd control services.  The survey can be accessed here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFFYLJ9

The SLED encourages all relevant industry members to complete the survey to better inform further consideration of this important issue.

24 February 2014

Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014.

On 21 February 2014, the Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014 became effective limiting  the requirement that an apprentice or a trainee be directly supervised in order to be exempt from the operation of the Security Industry Act 1997 to  first-year apprentices or trainees only.

For more information, refer to Schedule 1 of the Security Industry Regulation 2007 or the Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014.

8 January 2014

Australian Security Medals.

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Security Medals close on 31 January 2014. For further information, visit the Australian Security Medals Foundation website at www.inspiringsecurity.com

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.

7 November 2013

ICAC Operation Tilga related licence revocations.

The SLED has completed action to revoke all security licences held by, or associated with, individuals who were found by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to have acted corruptly, following ICAC's investigation of processes relating to the supply of security services to several NSW public authorities (Operation Tilga).  Two corporations avoided revocation of their Master licences by taking action to remove relevant individuals from close associate roles.

18 October 2013

Apply for a  Temporary Excess Provision of Services (TEPS) Permit Online.

For more information go to the 'Apply for a TEPS Permit Online' webpage.

17 October 2013

Conditional Licences.

You have a "Conditional Class 1 licence" if you hold a Class 1 licence that was:

  • converted from a provisional licence on 1 November 2012 (with the abolition of the Provisional Licensing Scheme) or
  • issued for the first time from 1 November 2012 without you having met all relevant Class 1 competency requirements

These licences are "conditional" as they each have a condition placed on them under section 23E of the Security Industry Act 1997  that requires the holder to undertake further training and assessment.

To satisfy the condition and have it removed from your licence, you must attain all the units of competency required for your licence by the specified deadline.

For converted provisional licences, this deadline is 1 December 2013.

If you have a "Conditional Class 1 licence", you should have received a letter that explained how to attain the required units of competency and how to notify us that you have done so.

You must attain the required units of competency with a training organisation approved by the Commissioner of Police.  These are known as "Approved Organisations" and you can view a list of Approved Organisations by clicking here.

You notify us by completing a "Notification of Attainment of Units of Competency" form - which was included with the letter.  If you have misplaced the form, you can download a copy by clicking here.

If you hold a converted licence, you must submit the completed form to us by 14 December 2013.  Failure to do so may result in your licence being revoked.

For more information on competency requirements for Class 1 licences, please refer to our website or call us on 1300 362 001.

15 October 2013

SLED Industry Newsletter.

The SLED is currently finalising the next edition of its Industry Newsletter, which will focus on the SLED's compliance and enforcement activities. This edition will be mailed out to licensees, and be available on the SLED website, in November 2013.

28 August 2013

Important information relating to credit card payments.

From 24 August 2013, all credit card payments are subject to a 0.4% merchant fee.

This fee applies to all online transactions and applications received by the SLED where the payment method is via credit card and will be applied automatically upon payment processing.

SLED is updating application forms to reflect the merchant fee.

The merchant fee will be applied even if the form has not yet been updated.

The current schedule of fees is available on the SLED Application Forms webpage. To determine how much you will need to pay, simply multiply the amount of your fee by 1.004 to get the total including the merchant fee.

23 August 2013

Security Industry Amendment  (Exempt Persons) Regulation  2013  - Exemption for 'Responsible Service of Alcohol Marshals (RSA)' effective from 23 August 2013.

An amendment has been made to Schedule 1 of the Security Industry Regulation 2007 to exempt legitimate RSA Marshals, who otherwise would be captured by the 'Crowd Controller' definition in Section 4 of the Security Industry Act 1997. The exemption does not apply if an RSA Marshal's duties cross the line into those properly undertaken by appropriately licensed crowd controllers, or by liquor licensees and their employees who are covered by a separate exemption - no. 8 of Schedule 1.
 
The amendment exempts persons who are employed or engaged for the purpose of carrying out RSA supervisory duties (within the meaning of Clause 53G (5) of the Liquor Regulation 2008) on licensed premises, but only to the extent to which the person carries out those duties and does not physically restrain or eject persons from, or prevent their entry to, such premises.
 
Section 53G (5) of the Liquor Regulation 2008 defines RSA supervisory duties as:
 
(a) monitoring responsible service of alcohol practices by staff members who are selling, supplying or serving liquor,
 
(b) engaging with those staff, and patrons on the premises, for the purpose of encouraging responsible attitudes and practices in relation to the promotion, sale, supply, service and consumption of liquor,
 
(c) monitoring alcohol consumption by patrons and their behaviour for signs of irresponsible, rapid or excessive consumption of alcohol and for signs of intoxication,
 
(d) intervening at an early stage to assist in the prevention of intoxication and anti-social behaviour (such intervention may include suggesting that patrons moderate their alcohol consumption by consuming food or non-alcoholic beverages),
 
(e) assisting in the resolution of disputes arising on the premises between patrons.

It is now clear that RSA Marshals are not to physically restrain or eject persons from premises, or prevent their entry to such premises.  If they do so, they cease to be exempt from the requirement to hold a Class 1C security licence.

26 June 2013

Issue 2 - June 2013 SLED Newsletter published.

Download the second issue of the SLED Newsletter. This newsletter is one of a number of initiatives the SLED has introduced 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' has been posted to all licensees.

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.

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 sledrtos@police.nsw.gov.au.

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

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

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 sled@police.nsw.gov.au

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

Mutual Recognition.

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

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