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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
3 November 2014
SLED Unlicensed Security Activity Survey.
A survey targeting unlicensed security activity being carried on in NSW has been published on the SLED website.
The purpose of this survey is to ascertain industry knowledge and perceptions of the extent and types of unlicensed security activities carried on by organisations and/or individuals. This anonymous survey will assist the SLED in developing a targeted approach towards unlicensed activities by means of educational and compliance programs.
15 October 2014
Newly appointed SLED Advisory Council representatives.
Industry representative members for the next two year term of the SLED Advisory Council have been selected by a vote of the outgoing industry representatives with appointment being effective from December 2014.
A list of the newly appointed members is available via the SLED Advisory Council link on this site.
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.
18 August 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). Click here for contact details and to find out more information about getting involved in this ongoing project.
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.
Completed forms are to be addressed to the Secretariat at:
- Fax: 1300 362 066
- Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Locked Bag 5099 Parramatta NSW 2124
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
2012 Legislation change news articles
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