14 December 2021

SLED Contact Centre Christmas and New Year operating hours

The SLED Contact Centre will be closed from midday on Friday 24 December to 8.30am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Urgent enquiries requiring immediate attention can be emailed to sled@police.nsw.gov.au and we will respond within one to two business days.

Security licences can be renewed online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Other online services available include:

The team at SLED wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

12 November 2021

ASQA extends transition period for new First Aid qualifications

The new First Aid units HLTAID011 Provide first aid and HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid were due to replace HLTAID003 Provide first aid and HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid as the units required as part of the NSW Security Licence Course (SLC) from 15 October 2021.

However, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has extended the implementation period for the new First until 14 April 2022.

While the new units may have already been released and possibly trained and assessed as standalone programs, HLTAID003 and HLTAID006 remain the required First Aid units for the SLC. This is outlined in the qualifications CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations and CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations.

To meet requirements for the SLC, security licence applicants who have already completed HLTAID011 OR HLTAID014 may need to be assessed on any content gaps between each of the respective units. These applicants will need to contact their RTO to discuss their options.

You can find more information on ASQA’s website: www.asqa.gov.au/news-events/news/asqa-approves-extended-transition-period-hlt-first-aid-units-14-april-2022.

28 October 2021

Fair Trading seeks feedback on proposed Commercial Agents rules

NSW Fair Trading is set to take over responsibility for the regulation of Commercial Agents from SLED from 1 July 2022.

When this transfer happens, the Commercial Agents & Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004 (CAPI Act) will be repealed and Private Inquiry Agents will become a new subclass of security licences and renamed Private Investigators.

From 1 July 2022, Commercial Agents will be regulated under the Fair Trading Act 1987. NSW Fair Trading is seeking feedback on the draft Fair Trading Amendment (Commercial Agents) Regulation, which will support the new regulatory scheme.

The Regulation will cover standards of conduct, including trust accounts, obligations, handling complaints and the appropriate hours to contact people. It also covers the reasons a person may be disqualified from performing the duties of a commercial agent, why they may be refused a licence and details relating to Commercial Agent registration.

To have your say on the draft Regulation, visit www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/commercial-agents. Submissions close Sunday 7 November 2021.

15 September 2021

Covid-19 vaccinations for NSW security licensees

SLED has received several enquiries about vaccination requirements for members of the security industry.

We are not involved in determining or enforcing any requirements in relation to vaccinations.

For information about COVID-19 related rules and restrictions in NSW, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

23 August 2021

Implementation date extended for new Master licence first aid training condition

The implementation date for the new Master licence condition requiring them to ensure all Class 1 security operatives they provide (except 1E Monitoring Centre Operators), hold current first aid training has been extended.

The condition, which was set to be effective from 1 September 2021, has been moved to 1 March 2022.

The change takes into account the continuing lockdown in Greater Sydney, which unfortunately coincided with the issuing of the letter on 30 June 2021. While first aid training is still widely available under the lockdown measures, SLED does not want to encourage licensees to be out and about and potentially mixing with people from other areas of Sydney and NSW at this time.

As always, it is up to Class 1 licensees to ensure their first aid training is kept up to date and renewed appropriately. Under NSW security legislation, SLED is required to revoke Class 1 licences if the licensee has not kept their training current.

Given this requirement, it’s in the interests of Master licensees to ensure Class 1 licence operatives they provide have current training. Not only will it help them to avoid any business continuity impacts caused by their employees losing their licences, but they'll enhance the safety of their workforce, their customers and members of the public.

29 July 2021

Update to the list of authorised workers in the security industry

Stay at home restrictions have been lifted for the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas. Regional and rural residents should continue to follow the COVID safe measures as published on https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw.

Specific restrictions now apply to residents of Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool  and Parramatta local government areas and residents of those LGAs can only leave home to work if they are an Authorised Worker.

SLED has sought and received advice that Security licensees are considered to be authorised workers, if they are employed or engaged to provide necessary security services for the activities described under Authorised Workers as published on https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers.

Residents of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour who are not within the LGAs subjected to specific restrictions should continue to follow the measures as published on https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney.

20 July 2021

Authorised workers in the security industry

SLED has sought and received advice on the circumstances in which security licensees are considered to be authorised workers for the purposes of the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021.

Please refer to the authorised workers in the security industry document for further information related to this advice.

6 July 2021

Refresher First Aid training for Class 1 licensees a new Master licence condition

A new condition has been imposed by SLED on all Master licensees to ensure that all Class 1 security operatives (except Class 1E -Monitoring Centre Operators) have current first aid training while performing security duties.

From 1 September 2021, Master licence holders will be responsible for ensuring that every Class 1 licensee they provide has a current First Aid certificate, and that they continue to keep this training current during their term of employment.

It is important that Class 1 security operatives keep their First Aid training up to date to make sure they have the necessary skills to respond appropriately in emergency situations.

Master licence holders will need to record the details of each Class 1 licensee’s First Aid certificate and keep a copy of the certificate on file so it can be produced as required.

Note: This condition does not apply to Master licensees who only provide Class 2 licensees or Class 1E Monitoring Centre Operators.

For more information on First Aid training requirements, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au/SLED. For a list of first aid training providers visit www.training.gov.au.

15 April 2021

SLED COVID-19 licensing measures updated

SLED has updated its COVID-19 security licensing measures in line with recent changes to Australia’s COVID-19 situation.

As Australia’s state and territory borders have reopened, Class 1 and Class 2 licence holders are now expected to attend a NSW Service Centre to have their photograph taken for their photo licence card following the renewal of their licence.

Security licence holders who remain overseas and are unable to return to Australia to be photographed should contact SLED to explain their personal circumstances.

Master licence applicants are also expected to attend a NSW police station to have their fingerprints taken as part of their licence application process when instructed to do so.

Special consideration provisions offered to individuals with Class 1A, B, C, D and F licences who failed to renew their licence because of the COVID-19 pandemic will cease on 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021, all Class 1 security licence applicants and reapplicants (excluding Class 1E), must have completed the SLED Pre-Enrolment Assessment and the current NSW Security Licence Course (CPP20218) via a SLED Approved Organisation to be eligible for a security licence.

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.