Security licensing measures in response to COVID-19

A list of security licensing measures implemented by SLED in response to COVID-19 is available.

15 February 2021

Security job opportunities for Sydney job seekers

New education funding is giving Sydney job seekers the opportunity to kick-start their security career.

The new Job Trainer funding will provide free security training and link graduates up with four NSW security employers who can offer full time, part time or casual security opportunities.

Job opportunities include roles in hotel quarantine security, concierge services and more.

Job seekers will be provided with the training necessary to become a Class 1A security operative at one of three Sydney-based Registered Training Organisations.

To enrol in the fee-free training, register your interest via the NSW Department of Education website.

Standard NSW security licence eligibility criteria and fees apply to all applicants. Find more information about Class 1 licences and eligibility here.

15 January 2021

Welcome to new our SLED Advisory Council members

SLED is pleased to announce the new security industry representatives who will join the SLED Advisory Council for 2021 and 2022.

The new members were voted for by the Council's outgoing industry representatives at the end of 2020.

The new members are:

  • George Chin OAM, Director, SECUREcorp Australia Pty Ltd
  • Bryan de Caires, Chief Executive Officer, ASIAL
  • Jim Fidler, Director, Security Operations, LiveNation
  • Gina Field, Managing Director, Nepean Regional Security Pty Ltd
  • Sean McGovern, General Manager, Locksmiths, Independent Locksmiths & Security Pty Ltd
  • Tara Murphy, Head of Security & Traffic Management, UNSW Sydney
  • Danijel Music, State Operations Manager NSW, MSS Security
  • Michelle O’Heffernan, Director, Security Risk Management Improvement, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Joh Paynter, Director, PGC Security
  • Maksym Szewczuk, Security Design Manager, Bechtel Australia

For more information about the SLED Advisory Council, and to submit a topic for consideration at a Council meeting, see the SLED Advisory Council page.

SLED News 2020

25 September 2020

Cut-off date for superseded training qualifications

The cut-off date to apply for a NSW security licence with previous qualifications is fast approaching.

The current NSW Security Licence Course (SLC) for Class 1 security officers was introduced on 2 July 2020 and replaces previously accepted qualifications.

Individuals who completed an SLC with an Approved Organisation between 1 May 2013 and 1 July 2020 but have not yet applied for a Class 1 security licence have until midnight 31 December 2020 to submit an application.

From 1 January 2021, SLED will only accept applications from new entrants who have successfully completed the current SLC containing the relevant Units of Competency from the following qualifications:

  • CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations (Class 1AC security licence)
  • CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations (Class 1B security licence)
  • CPP 31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Class 1D and 1F security licences).

The SLC requirements for these licence classes can be found here.

Qualifications issued prior to 2 July 2020 will not be accepted for NSW Class 1 security licence applications as of 1 January 2021.

Licensees with superseded qualifications who fail to renew their licences on time following the cut-off date are encouraged to contact a SLED Approved Organisation to discuss options for further training.

16 July 2020

New NSW Security Licence Course for Class 1 security operatives

We are pleased to announce the introduction of the new NSW Security Licence Course (SLC) able to be delivered by Approved Organisations from 2 July 2020. Aligned to the national security training package, successful completion of the NSW SLC for Security Officer licence subclasses (1A Unarmed Guard and 1C Crowd Controller) will result in students being awarded the Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20218).

Successful completion of the SLC for the speciality licence subclass 1B (Bodyguard) will result in the attainment of the Certificate III in Close Protection (CPP31418) with the SLC for 1D (Guard Dog Handler) and 1F (Armed Guard) contributing towards the attainment of a Certificate III in Security Operations (CPP31318).

Individuals wishing to enrol in the NSW SLC should contact a SLED Approved Organisation for information regarding eligibility criteria and instructions on how to enrol. Entry requirements for the SLC include a First Aid qualification (HLTAID003 or HLTAID006) and successful completion of the SLED Pre-Enrolment Assessment. Once enrolled, students can immediately apply for a NSW security licence online via: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-security-operative-licence

Students wishing to commence a SLC for a specialist licence subclass (1B, 1D or 1F) must either hold a current NSW security licence or have already completed the Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20218).

To obtain a Class 1 security licence in NSW, applicants must complete a NSW SLC with a SLED Approved Organisation.

What if I completed an Approved SLC before 2 July 2020 ?

If you have already completed a valid security licence course with an Approved Organisation between 1 May 2013 and 2 July 2020 but have not yet obtained a Class 1 security licence, your qualifications may still be valid and accepted by SLED for a NSW security licence application up until 31 December 2020. After this date you are encouraged to contact a SLED Approved Organisation to discuss your options for further training or an Assessment Only pathway.

24 April 2020

New Class 2A (Security Consultant) competency requirements

As part of recent changes to the national security industry training packages, the Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) has been superseded and replaced by two separate qualifications.

  1. Certificate IV in Security Management (CPP40719)
  2. Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis (CPP41519)

On 20 February 2020, the SLED Advisory Council was asked to consider options to replace the Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) as the minimum competency requirement for a Class 2A licence. On 28 February 2020, a discussion paper was circulated to the Advisory Council and other industry members; industry consultation closed on 20 March 2020.

Based on industry feedback, SLED has determined the following new competency requirements for a Class 2A (Security Consultant) licence.

Competency Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Police, that they hold either:

A) Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) 1
plus
CPPSEC5004A Prepare security risk management plan
CPPSEC5005A Implement security risk management plan.

OR

B) Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis (CPP41519) including the units of competency:

CPPSEC4003 Assess and advise on client security requirements
CPPSEC4006 Conduct security risk assessment of client operations
CPPSEC4007 Identify security threats and assess impact on client operations
CPPSEC4012 Assess security vulnerabilities of assets
CPPSEC4022 Establish and implement ethics and governance arrangements for security businesses
CPPSEC4024 Assess security of crowded places
CPPSEC4025 Advise on operational requirements to maintain crowded place security
PSPSEC0015 Communicate security awareness
CPPSEC4020 Advise on advanced technology security systems to meet client needs
CPPSEC5003 Assess security risk management options
CPPSEC5004 Develop security risk management plans.

In addition to the required units of competency, to meet training package requirements for the Certificate IV in Security Risk Analysis (CPP41519), students must also complete one (1) additional elective unit.  Individuals are encouraged to discuss the selection of this unit with their RTO.

To obtain a Class 2A licence applicants must also be able to demonstrate at least five (5) years of relevant experience.  Further information regarding experience requirements can be found via the SLED FAQ page or the SLED Application Forms and Fees page.

1 The Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) will cease to be accepted by SLED for licensing purposes from 28 September 2021.

Class 2A experience requirements

You need to demonstrate to the Commissioner of Police's satisfaction that you have:

  • Held a Class 1 and/or a Class 2 security licence continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
  • Been recorded as a nominated person for one or more Master security licensees continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
  • Been employed by one or more Master security licensees to manage the carrying on of security activities continuously for a total period of at least five years, or
  • Carried on the activities authorised by a Class 2A licence in another jurisdiction, or as an exempt person, for a total period of at least five years.

Note: relevant experience is deemed to be continuous if not broken by any period in excess of 12 months, including the period immediately prior to the application for the Class 2A licence.

You must submit evidence that you satisfy these experience requirements with your licence application.

25 March 2020

Online applications for security operative licences

Applications for Class 1 and Class 2 security operative licences can now be lodged online and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in this manner rather than posting SLED paper-based applications.

For details on application and eligibility requirements, and to apply online, go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-security-operative-licence

SLED News 2019

29 September 2019

New Fact Sheets.

SLED has published Fact Sheets on the approved manner and form requirements for incident and sign-on registers. Click here to access these Fact Sheets.

22 May 2019

Industry feedback sought for proposed NSW  Security Licence Course

SLED is currently seeking industry feedback in relation to the proposed NSW Security Licence Course which is being developed to align with the new national Security Operations training package. Click here to view the proposed Security Licence Course structure that is anticipated to be implemented in January 2020.

A brief survey has been developed to assist SLED in understanding how to best deliver the training, instruction and assessment so that we can determine the requirements for the new NSW Security Licence Course.  The survey closes on 30 May 2019 and can be accessed here.

Industry stakeholders are invited to submit any additional feedback to SLEDRTOS@police.nsw.gov.au

January 2019

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 January 2019.

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

SLED News 2018

22 October 2018

Approved classes of retail outlets.

Section 4 of the Security Industry Act 1997 (the Act) prescribes that certain retail outlets do not require a security licence for a range of transactions involving "basic household or automotive security items".

The following classes of retail outlets are "approved classes of retail outlets" for the purposes of the Act:

  1. physical stores at which customers can self-select their desired item, pay for it at a cashier and leave with the item to independently arrange its installation; and
  2. online retailers who provide a facility for customers to purchase items over the internet, without engagement with a salesperson, and who arrange delivery of the item to the customer via third party agents (for example, couriers or Australia Post)

What sort of transactions can these retail outlets engage in?

These retail outlets can:

  • sell,
  • provide advice about, and
  • act as an agent for the supply of basic household or automotive security items.

What are basic household or automotive security items?

These are:

(a) items ordinarily used for basic household security and capable of being installed by the owner or occupier, including:

  • doors and grilles,
  • door and window locks,
  • padlocks,
  • portable safes weighting not more than 50 kilograms, or
  • other electronic or mechanical security items (other than items that are ordinarily installed, maintained or serviced by or on behalf of the supplier of the item)

(b) items designed to minimise the possibility of motor vehicle theft, including a vehicle immobiliser, vehicle alarm or GPS tracking device.

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 Communiqu├ęs (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.

SLED News 2017

28 November 2017

Lodge a report of Security Non-Compliance online.

The SLED website now includes the option of lodging a report of Security Non-Compliance easily and quickly online. The report can be lodged from a web browser on a desktop computer or mobile device. Go to the SLED homepage (www.police.nsw.gov.au/sled) to make a report.

25 May 2017

On 9 May 2017, changes to the Security Industry Act 1997 commenced. The revised Act can be viewed here https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/act-1997-157

SLED News 2016

23 September 2016

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) cancels qualifications issued by Queensland security trainer Peacemakers Security Pty Ltd.

The national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has decided to cancel qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Peacemakers Security Pty Ltd. Please refer to the ASQA news article for more information.

1 September 2016

The Security Industry Regulation 2016 commenced today (1 September 2016) and can be found here https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/sl-2016-0557

9 August 2016

Security Industry Amendment (Private Investigators) Bill 2016.

The Security Industry Amendment (Private Investigators) Bill 2016 has been introduced into Parliament and can be found here.

The SLED has been informed that transitional arrangements (i.e. how these reforms will impact current licence holders) will be detailed in a supporting Regulation that has not yet been drafted. The SLED will update industry as further information comes to hand.

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

1 January 2016

Changes to class 2A competency and experience requirements from 1 January 2016.

New competency and experience requirements for class 2A security licences will commence on 1 January 2016. To be granted a class 2A security licence on, or after, 1 January 2016, you must satisfy all licensing requirements, including the following competency and experience requirements.

Competency requirements

Applicants must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Police, that they hold the Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) qualification and have attained the following units of competency:

  • Prepare security risk management plan (CPPSEC5004A)
  • Implement security risk management plan (CPPSEC5005A)

Applicants must submit certified copies of the qualification and a statement of attainment or a record of results issued by a Registered Training Organisation showing that they have attained units of competency CPPSEC5004A and CPPSEC5005A. Such documents must be submitted by applicants either with their licence application or within 42 days of having lodged their licence application.

Experience requirements

Applicants must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Police that they possess the following experience:

  • have held a class 1 and/or a class 2 security licence continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have been recorded as a nominated person for one or more master security licensees continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have been employed by one or more master security licensees to manage the carrying on of security activities continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have carried on the activities authorised by a class 2A licence in another jurisdiction, or as an exempt person, for a total period of at least 5 years.

Note: relevant experience is deemed to be continuous if not broken by any period in excess of 12 months, including the period immediately prior to the application for the class 2A licence.

Applicants must submit evidence that they satisfy these experience requirements with their licence application.

SLED News 2015

16 December 2015

Use of drug detection dogs by the security industry.

The SLED reminds security licensees that amendments to the Security Industry Act 1997 (the SI Act) commenced on 8 January 2015 in relation to the use of dogs while carrying on security activity. These amendments are contained within sections 11(3) and 23F of the SI Act.

Section 11 (3) of the SI Act states: "A class 1A, class 1B, class 1C, class 1E or class 1F licence does not authorise the licensee to carry on a security activity with a dog."

Section 23F of the SI Act states: "It is a condition of every class 1A, class 1B, class 1C, class 1E or class 1F licence that the licensee must not carry on the security activity authorised by the licence with a dog."

As a consequence of this legislation, the screening of persons seeking entry to any licensed premises, public entertainment venue or public or private event or function with a dog, including a drug detection dog, is a contravention of the SI Act.

In a statement released on 11 December 2015, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, the Hon Troy Grant, said:

"Police often use drug detection dogs at events including music festivals as they are a very useful tool in detecting illicit drugs. However, their use must be closely controlled to ensure searches are conducted properly, lawfully and with police oversight scrutiny in the case of complaints by members of the public about their use.

That’s why it’s crucial that the operation of drug detection dogs is retained by police who have the full resources, powers and ability to train the animals with real illicit drugs and also to search, arrest and charge people with drugs possession if drugs are found.

This is why the amendments were made to the Security Industry Act 1997, taking effect in January this year, as prior to that the use of drug detection dogs by private operators was unregulated.

There are no plans to amend the legislation."

Dogs may only be used by class 1D licensees and only to carry on activities authorised by that licence subclass (ie patrol, protect or guard any property with a dog).

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.

2 July 2015

Draft Incident & Sign-on Register Requirements.

The SLED has released the attached extracts from its draft Compliance Guide for Master Licensees for comment by the security industry. These extracts detail the proposed "approved manner and form" requirements for incident and sign-on registers.

Cameron Smith, Director, SLED, recently conducted a webinar to explain, and answer questions about, the draft register requirements. The SLED is grateful to ASIAL for hosting the webinar and for making a recording of it available online at: youtu.be/gRjdlDmJJ-c.

Feedback on the draft register requirements should be submitted to SLED via email to sled@police.nsw.gov.au by 31 July 2015. Please note that while the SLED may be unable to respond to all submissions directly, we will seek to address all relevant feedback by making necessary changes to the draft Compliance Guide or through FAQs that we will publish on our website in support of the final document.

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

SLED News 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

SLED News 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

SLED News pre-2012

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

Read Archived News Items (January 2009 - July 2010) (PDF)