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Security and Investigation Agents (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2013

The Security and Investigation Agents (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2013 was passed by the South Australian Parliament in April 2013

The purpose of the amendments are to implement an agreement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to adopt a nationally consistent approach to the regulation of the private security industry to improve the probity, competence and skills of security personnel and the mobility of security industry licensees across jurisdictions

In particular, the following new requirements will be introduced in SA:

  • provision for a consistent list of licensable activities for security agents, including:
    – general guarding
    – crowd or venue control
    – guarding with a dog
    – guarding with a firearm
    – monitoring centre operations
    – body guarding and
    – training
  • a person who personally provides security industry training must hold an appropriate security industry trainers licence
  • a person must not carry on a business of providing security industry training unless the person has been approved by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs
  • the security training sector must meet the same probity standards (fingerprinting and criminal history checks) as those imposed on security agents

The existing probity checks for security agents in South Australia will be maintained and strengthened. Additional nationally agreed disqualifying offences will be prescribed in the Regulations.

The opportunity has also been taken to restructure provisions of the Act to simplify its presentation. This includes creation of an expanded concept of fit and proper person to hold a licence or to be a director of a body corporate that holds a licence.

These new requirements take effect from 27 September 2013.

Current licensees will be transitioned to the equivalent nationally agreed licence categories. While the words used to describe the new licence types may differ, it is not intended that there be any change to the scope of work the licensee is authorised to perform.

While provision for provisional and temporary security agents’ licences were passed by the SA Parliament, it is not proposed to commence these provisions until additional consultation and further analysis of the impact of these licences has been undertaken.