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17 September 2018

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Advisory Council.

SLED is currently seeking nominations from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the SLED Advisory Council until December 2020. 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 current term of membership of the Council which ends in December 2018.

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 16 November 2018.

Application Form for Membership of the SLED Advisory Council September 2018

18 January 2016

Update your Contact Details Online.

This service is for individuals only and is not available for corporations.

Individuals who currently hold a security licence can now update their contact details (including a change of address) online at
https://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au/new

To use this service, your email address or mobile phone number will need to be recorded with the SLED.

If your current email address or mobile phone number is not recorded with the SLED, this service will not be able to complete the update of the contact details as it relies on a security code to protect your privacy.

To request an update of your current email address or mobile phone number with the SLED, simply send an email to sled@police.nsw.gov.au providing your:

  • full name
  • SLED licence or application number
  • date of birth
  • current mobile phone number
  • current residential address
  • current postal address (if different to residential address)current email address

December 2016

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 2016.

A list of the newly appointed members is available via the SLED Advisory Council link on this site.

18 November 2015

SLED Webinar on SLED's Enforcement Powers and Activities.

Brian Moir, General Manager Industry Regulation Unit, SLED, recently conducted a webinar to explain, and answer questions about, SLED's enforcement powers and activities. The SLED is grateful to ASIAL for hosting the webinar and for making a recording of it available online at: https://youtu.be/nu4flnFFXIs.

This webinar was the third of a series of webinars to be conducted by the SLED. The second, which focussed on Master licensee compliance obligations, is also available online at: https://youtu.be/Qh-oWSZbmsw. The first, which focussed on incident and sign-on register requirements, is also available online at: http://youtu.be/gRjdlDmJJ-c.

4 November 2015

NSW Health Smoke-Free Campaign.

Under new laws that commenced 6 July 2015, smoking is now banned within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to, or exit from, a public building in NSW. This law is called the "4 metre law" and applies to places such as shopping malls, office buildings, licensed premises, restaurants and cafes.

SLED encourages security industry awareness of the Smoke-Free campaign promoted by NSW Health. More information, including resources and flyers, can be found here: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/smoke-free-resources.aspx

16 October 2015

SLED Webinar on Master Licensee Compliance Obligations.

Cameron Smith, Director, SLED, recently conducted a webinar to explain, and answer questions about, Master licence requirements and the impact of subcontracting on Master licensee compliance obligations. The SLED is grateful to ASIAL for hosting the webinar and for making a recording of it available online at: https://youtu.be/Qh-oWSZbmsw.

This webinar was the second of a series of webinars to be conducted by the SLED. The first, which focussed on incident and sign-on register requirements, is also available online at: http://youtu.be/gRjdlDmJJ-c.

28 July 2015

Australian Security Medals.

The Australian Security Medals Foundation held its annual awards presentation dinner at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 19 June 2015. A number of NSW security industry representatives were among those recognised by the Foundation for acts of valour, for their contributions to the security industry, or for saving a life. Visit inspiringsecurity.com to hear their stories. The SLED congratulates all the award winners.

9 June 2015

ASIAL Webinar - SLED Update.

A webinar is being hosted by the Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) on Tuesday 23 June 2015 from 2-3pm AEST.

Cameron Smith, Director, SLED will discuss the SLED's draft Compliance Guide for Master Licensees ahead of its release for industry comment. Cameron will explain the recent changes to the Security Industry Regulation 2007 impacting the requirement to keep incident and sign-on registers and will answer questions about compliance obligations for NSW security licence holders.

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

18 December 2014

Christmas 2014 Operating Hours.

The Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday 25 December
  • Friday 26 December and
  • Monday 29 December 2014.

The SLED will also close on Thursday 1 January 2015.

SLED will operate with limited resources during the period Monday 22 December 2014 and Friday 2 January 2015.

If your Security Industry licence and/or Commercial Agent and Private Inquiry licence is due to expire around this time, it would be to your advantage to submit your licence renewal application well in advance to allow for sufficient processing time.

Security licence renewals may also be lodged through the online renewal facility that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have received a renewal notification form from SLED, simply go to the SLED website: www.police.nsw.gov.au/sled and click on “Renew your Security Licence online” to renew your licence and pay by credit card.

18 November 2014

Online Renewal facility and Public Register of Licences unavailable Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014.

The Government Licensing Service (now known as OneGov) will undergo a scheduled system maintenance that will take place between 3.30pm Saturday 22 November and 9.00pm Sunday 23 November 2014. As a result, the Online Renewal facility and the Public Register of security licences will be unavailable during this period.

If your security licence expires the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014 and you intend to lodge an online renewal, it is recommended that you do so by Friday 21 November 2014 to avoid disruption of your authority to work.

More information about online renewals can be found on the SLED "Renew Your Licence Online" webpage.

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.

Click here to determine licence status.

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). View 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.

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. Read 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

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 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 .

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.

You notify us by completing a "Notification of Attainment of Units of Competency" form - which was included with the letter.

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.

24 August 2013

Online Renewal facility and Public Register of Licences unavailable on Saturday 24 August 2013 from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

On Saturday 24 August 2013, the Online Renewal facility for security licences and the Public Register of security licences will be unavailable from 4.30pm to 8.30pm due to scheduled system maintenance.

More information about online renewals can be found on the SLED ‘Renew Your Licence Online’ webpage.

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 July 2013

SLED Security Industry Survey.

As part of the SLED's commitment to continuously improve service to members of the security industry, a security industry survey has been developed to find out what the industry thinks about SLED's current level of service and about industry compliance.

11 April 2013

Online licence renewal unavailable on Tuesday 30 April 2013

On Tuesday 30 April 2013, the Online Renewal facility for security licences will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance which will take place from midnight 29 April to midnight 30 April 2013.

If your security licence expires on 30 April 2013 and you intend to lodge an online renewal, you must do so before midnight on 29 April 2013 to avoid disruption of your authority to work.

More information about online renewals can be found on the SLED ‘Renew Your Licence Online’ webpage.

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.

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.

25 February 2013

Security licences can now be renewed online.

For more information go to the 'Renew Your Licence Online' webpage.

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.onegov.nsw.gov.au/PublicRegister/#/publicregister/search/Security 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.

29 October 2012

Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012.

The SLED received advice from the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services on 26 October 2012 that the Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 has been made and is now published on the NSW Legislation website (currently under "As Made").

Read the Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 (PDF)

The Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 and the not yet commenced provisions of the Security Industry Amendment Act 2012 will come into effect on 1 November 2012.

With the legislative changes now having been approved, the SLED will publish revised licence application forms and a revised schedule of fees on its website on 1 November 2012 and will have further information relating to the changes available via its website in the coming weeks.

3 October 2012

SLED '2012 Security Legislation Changes' information sessions.

New licensing and compliance requirements for the NSW security industry will commence on 1 November 2012 as a result of recent amendments to the Security Industry Act 1997 and proposed amendments to the Security Industry Regulation 2007.

The Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) will be hosting “Information Sessions” during October 2012 to communicate these new requirements, assist licensees to understand how the changes affect them and inform the industry about what it can expect from the SLED in support of these changes.

Read more information about the SLED '2012 Security Legislation Changes' information sessions including details of session locations and timings.

18 September 2012

SLED Advisory Council - extended call for nominations.

The Commander, State Crime Command has requested that the SLED re-invite security industry representatives to nominate to be members of the SLED Advisory Council. The closing date for applications has now been extended to 5 October 2012. Applications already received by the SLED will be carried forward for consideration.

It is important that the industry members of the Council reflect the diversity of the industry. Not all sectors of the industry were represented by the nominations received to date by the SLED. In addition, the SLED received feedback that the opportunity to nominate for Council membership was not sufficiently promoted to the industry. The SLED has again sought the assistance of industry associations in this regard.

The SLED Advisory Council Information Sheet has been amended to reflect the new closing date and the fact that initial industry members' appointments to the Council will now be until 31 October 2014.

The Application for Membership of the SLED Advisory Council can now be completed electronically before being printed for signature and submission.

17 September 2012

Error in draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012

The Ministry for Police and Emergency Services has requested that the SLED advise the security industry that clauses 12, 12A and 12B of the draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 incorrectly refer to Class 1 licences only. All proposed Class 1 licence fees will apply also to Class 2 licences.

3 September 2012

Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 (draft)

The draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 (PDF) was released on the 29 August 2012 by the Ministry for Police & Emergency Services for industry comment.

This draft Regulation supports the reform measures to be implemented by the Security Industry Amendment Act 2012 and is proposed to commence on 1 November 2012. The Regulation includes the proposed new fee schedule.

Comments/feedback to be provided no later than Wednesday 19 September 2012 to the Office of the Ministry for Police & Emergency Services via:

26 July 2012

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Advisory Council.

The SLED is currently seeking nominations from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the SLED Advisory Council up to 31 August 2014. A maximum of 10 industry representatives will be selected to represent the diversity of the industry.

To submit an expression of interest, please complete the application form below which must be received by the SLED no later than 17 August 2012.

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

2 July 2012

Security Industry Amendment Bill 2012.

The Security Industry Amendment Bill 2012 was recently passed by the NSW Parliament and assented to by the Governor on 25 June 2012. The Bill makes significant reforms to the Security Industry Act 1997, including those that were previously announced that support the establishment of the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate and address recommendations made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption following its Operation Columba inquiry. The majority of these reforms will not come into effect until 1 November 2012 to allow the SLED and industry time to make the necessary preparations.

Read a summary of the major changes to the Security Industry Act 1997 (PDF)
Read the Security Industry Amendment Bill 2012 (PDF)
Read the Explanatory Note to the Bill (PDF)
Read the transcript of the Legislative Council Debate on the Bill (PDF)
Read the transcript of the Legislative Assembly Debate on the Bill (PDF)

The SLED understands that the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services is currently working with Parliamentary Counsel's Office to finalise the draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 to allow its release for industry consultation. Upon conclusion of the Regulation amendment process, the SLED will provide further details regarding the reforms to the security industry legislation to all licensees via a comprehensive communication program.

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

05 December 2011

Changes to Security Photo Licences (removal of Date of Birth displayed on licences).

In response to recent concerns raised by the security industry, the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) has determined that the inclusion of a person's date of birth on a Security photo licence card is unnecessary. As licensees re-apply for, vary, amend, or seek replacement licences, they will be issued with a new security photo licence card which no longer displays the date of birth.

Licensees may request that they be immediately issued with a replacement licence card that does not display their date of birth by emailing or writing to the SLED (sled@police.nsw.gov.au or Locked Bag 5099, Parramatta NSW 2124). The SLED will waive the $65 replacement licence fee for all such requests received on this basis, where the request is made at any time up to three months before the expiry date of the licence.

Please note that licensees will be required to again attend a Motor Registry to be photographed and issued with their new licence card. Upon receipt of the replacement card, licensees are required to surrender their previous photo licence to the SLED.

Licensees applying for replacement licences for other reasons, eg. a lost or damaged licence or a change of name, must send a completed "Application for amendment or replacement of an individual licence" (form P645), with the fee of $65, to Locked Bag 5099, Parramatta NSW 2124.

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

27 September 2010

Acceptance of certificates issued under the PRS03 Asset Security Training Package

The Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) has been informed that a large number of people that were enrolled with approved RTOs in the Certificate II in Security Operations (PRS20103) and/or Certificate III in Security Operations (PRS30103) on 30 June 2010 are yet to complete their training and assessment.

Based on this advice, the Director, SLED has determined that certificates (Qualifications or Statements of Attainment) issued by Approved RTOs in relation to qualifications from the PRS03 Asset Security Training Package will be now accepted for security licensing purposes if issued on or before 31 December 2011. The certificates will be accepted subject to the following conditions:

  • The certificate was issued on, or before, 31 December 2011 by an Approved RTO
  • The candidate was enrolled in the qualification from the PRS03 Asset Security Training Package on 30 June 2010 with the RTO that issued the certificate
  • The RTO maintained the qualification or unit of competency on scope in NSW
  • The training and assessment was conducted in accordance with the trainer and assessor kits that were developed to support the delivery requirements of the qualification from the PRS03 training package, and in compliance with the RTO's Conditions of Approval.
  • The certificate is presented to the SLED by the candidate as part of a licence application within 12 months of being issued.

It should be noted that VETAB have advised the SLED that people cannot transfer enrolment between RTOs. People that were enrolled in qualifications from the PRS03 Asset Security Training Package on 30 June 2010 that wish to complete their training and/or assessment with an alternate RTO must now enrol in the CPP07 Property Services Training Package with the new RTO.

30 August 2010

Significant changes to the NSW security industry regulatory model were recently approved by the NSW Government and announced to Master licensees and approved security industry associations last month.

In line with these changes, the Security Industry Registry has been renamed as the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) and is now part of the NSW Police Force State Crime Command. The name change is the first step of an implementation process that will occur progressively as the SLED's resources are expanded. It is expected that the SLED will become fully operational by 30 June 2011.

It should be noted that, until proposed changes to the security industry legislation come into effect (anticipated to be later this year), the requirement for Master licensees to be members of approved security industry associations will continue to apply.

Reform of the NSW Regulatory Model for the Security Industry (PDF)
Master Licensee Letter (PDF)

1 June 2009

NSW Police Force's position in relation to training certificates issued by Roger Training Academy Pty Ltd.

The NSW Police Force's position in relation to training certificates issued by Roger Training Academy Pty Ltd is being finalised. Until finalised, the Registry regrets that the following application types cannot be progressed if supported by training certificates issued by Roger Training Academy Pty Ltd:

  • applications to obtain an initial security licence
  • applications for a new licence by suspended or revoked licensees
  • applications to add a new Provisional or Class 1 subclass to an existing licence
  • applications to upgrade a Provisional licence to a Class 1 licence

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