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ACT Licensing Changes – Technical Security

Requirements for technical security employee licence applicants have changed.

From 31 August 2017 applicants for the following security employee licence sub-classes will no longer need to have training qualifications in order to apply for a licence in those sub-classes:

  • selling security equipment (2B);
  • carrying out surveys and inspections of security equipment (2C);
  • giving advice about security equipment (2D); and
  • installing, maintaining, monitoring, repairing or servicing security equipment (2E).

This change brings the ACT in line with most other jurisdictions regarding the requirements for these sub-classes.

ACT Security Inspection Program

The purpose of this program was to ensure that only qualified people are undertaking security activities in the ACT. The aim was to also engage with security industry to raise awareness about legislative Obligations.

This program was undertaken between July and September 2016 and comprised 447 inspections relating to:

  • master licensees;
  • advertisements for security activities;
  • retailers selling security equipment;
  • employee licences; and,
  • crowd control records.

Legislation covered in inspections

Access Canberra inspectors take an educative approach when conducting inspections and in instances where non-compliance is identified, voluntary compliance is encouraged. In instances where inspectors find that non-compliance is of a serious nature or that licensees continue to engage in activity that breaches legislation, appropriate compliance action is taken in accordance with the Access Canberra Accountability Commitment.

Program outcomes

Access Canberra identified a number of non-compliant issues, including:

  • apprentices not acquiring temporary licences in accordance with section 26 of the Security Industry Act 2003;
  • security master licensees trading as sole traders also carrying out security activities without holding employee licences;
  • unlicensed retailers selling or installing security windows and doors; and,
  • lapsed licences.

The focus that Access Canberra placed on this industry, by raising awareness and encouraging compliance amongst security providers, resulted in a positive impact. The outcomes of this review after Access Canberra engagement indicate that the level of compliance in the security industry is about 94%.

Areas all security personnel need to focus on

  • Security apprentices to hold temporary licences before engaging in the security activities.
  • Security master providing crowd control activities to maintain crowd control records (sign-in register and incident records).
  • Master licensee to ensure only licensed employees are deployed in the security activities.
  • Avoid licence lapsing by starting renewal process with Access Canberra as soon as practicable.
  • Businesses or individuals who sell, install, maintain, monitor, repair or service security equipment that are prescribed under section 8 of the Security Industry Regulation 2003 and are not self-installed to hold appropriate class of licence before engaging in any of the security activities.

ACT Master licensees no longer required to display licence number in advertising

In October 2014 the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2014. This Act amends the Security Industry Act 2003 so that it is now no longer a requirement for a person who advertises a security service to include their license number in the advertisement.

Small Business Self Assessment Checklist

Following World Consumer Rights Day on Friday 15 March, The Office of Regulatory Services has launched an online tool to help small business comply with consumer protection law.

“The Small business self assessment checklist was designed to help traders understand how the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) applies to their business activities, and to better understand their obligations when dealing with consumers” said ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips. [more]



ACT Portable Long Service Leave Scheme from 1 January 2013

The ACT Portable Long Service Leave Scheme comes into effect from 1 January 2013, with the first installments due in March 2013.

The scheme will apply to all security manpower employees. After 1 January 2013 security workers in the ACT will be able to keep accruing long service leave entitlements, even if they move between employers in the security industry, through a portable long service leave scheme. [more]

ACT Security Licensing Changes from 27 September 2012

The ACT Office of Regulatory Services has produced the following fact sheets on the new licensing changes.

Security Industry Licensing Changes from 27 September 2012

Disqualifications under the Security Industry Act 2003

A copy the presentation is attached for members information. ORS SPAAL Presentation 18 July 2012

ACT Responsible Service of Alcohol Training

From 1 June 2012 crowd controllers working at licensed premises will be required to hold a RSA certificate from an ACT approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  This is a six (6) month extension to the original deadline to complete the approved course by 1 December 2011.

Individuals who hold a RSA certificate issued after 1 June 2010 in any jurisdiction (including the ACT by an unapproved RTO) still have until 1 June 2013 to complete an ACT approved RSA course (which can be a refresher course).

Individuals who hold an RSA certificate issued after 1 December 2009 also have a period of grace to undertake an ACT approved RSA course until 1 June 2013.

There are currently 17 RTOs approved to conduct RSA training in the ACT.  A list of approved RTOs is maintained on the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) website but if unsure, contact your preferred provider.

After 1 June 2012, when employing new staff to supply liquor or work as a crowd controller at licensed premises please ensure that they have already undertaken RSA training in the ACT or have completed training after 1 December 2009.

Over the next 12 months ORS will work on printing yellow security identity cards to accompany the licences for crowd controllers who have NOT undertaken the training

If you are unclear on the requirements or require any further information or materials, please contact ORS on (02) 6207 3000 or email liquor@act.gov.au.