News & Security Advice


Australian Taxation Office – Taxable Payments Reporting for the Security Industry

From 1 July 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will introduce taxable payments reporting requirements for the following industries

  •  security providers and investigation services;
  •  road freight transport; and
  •  computer system design and related services.

The building industry, cleaning and courier businesses are already required to provide taxable payments reporting to the ATO.

The taxable payments reporting system requires businesses to report payments they make to contractors. Contractors can include subcontractors, consultants and independent contractors operating as sole traders (individuals), companies, partnerships or trusts.

Businesses will need to start collecting information on payments to contractors from 1 July 2019.The first annual report is required by 28 August 2020.

For reporting purposes, the ATO will include all security, investigation and surveillance services.

  • Security - protection from, or measures taken against, injury, damage, espionage, theft, infiltration or sabotage. That includes anti-burglary, locksmith, body guards, security guards, armoured cars and any other services which can be provided to protect individuals or property.
  • Investigation services - a searching inquiry in order to ascertain facts that is typically conducted by a detective or an enquiry agency and may be matters not necessarily related to security. It does not refer to any services which may be used to gather information such as online search engines.
  • Surveillance services - a general watch or observation maintained over an area or location, by one or more persons or by using devices such as motion detector alarms, cameras or recorders. This includes night watch services, alarm monitoring and services that involve the use of closed-circuit television cameras for the purpose of surveillance or maintaining security".

A business may not be required to complete a taxable payment annual report if the total payments received for security services for the financial year is less than 10% of the current or projected GST turnover or that you have not paid any contractor for security services..

The ATO website provides a range of information on Taxable payment annual report (TPAR) requirements.

SPAAL will update members on the Taxable payment annual report (TPAR) requirements for security prior to the commencement on 1 July 2019.

Security Services Industry Award – Casual Conversion Clause Decision

The Fair Work Commission has made a determination to vary the Security Services Industry Award 2010 to give effect to a decision inserting a “Casual Conversion Clause into the Award.

The new provision comes into effect from 1 October 2018.

Casual Conversion Clause Decision

New unpaid family & domestic violence leave entitlement in awards

The Fair Work Commission have updated all industry and occupation awards to include a new clause about family and domestic violence. This new clause applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018.

Who does it apply to?

The new entitlement applies to all employees covered by an industry or occupation award.

It doesn't apply to employees who are:

What's the new entitlement?

Employees covered by an award with the new clause are entitled to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee's family member that:

  • seeks to coerce or control the employee
  • causes them harm or fear.

Employees can take the leave if they need to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence and it's impractical to do so outside their ordinary hours of work.

Where can I find more information?

Go to our Family and domestic violence leave section for information about the new clause, including details about:

  • who it does and doesn't apply to
  • when and how the leave can be taken
  • notice and evidence requirements.

Active Arms Offender for Crowded Places

The Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee has developed a set of guidelines for Government and business to help protect Australians from firearm attacks in places of mass gathering.

Active Armed Offender Guidelines for Crowded Places

Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism


Fair Work Ombudsman – Inquiry into the procurement of security services by local governments

The Fair Work Ombudsman [FWO] conducted an Inquiry [the Inquiry] in response to industry concerns that security employees were being underpaid in the local government sector by forcing prices to unsustainably low levels.

Following a comprehensive information and awareness campaign, the Inquiry focused on 23 local government councils and examined the labour procurement arrangements relating to the engagement of security services.

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Australian Industry Standards – Industry Skills Forums 2018

Australian Industry Standards is having a series of industry skills forums across the country to explore current and future skill needs. The forums will provide the opportunity to directly shape the skills and workforce priorities for your industry.

This is your chance to:

  • Discuss barriers and opportunities to develop and recruit skilled employees – now and for the future
  • Influence the development of world class qualifications
  • Learn about current strategies targeting workforce development
  • Reveal emerging skill needs for your industry
  • Engage with industry leaders

Future-skilling our people will be critical for industry and educators as the global environment evolves and emerging technologies impact job requirements. While new opportunities are driving the economy, there are challenges to ensure business can access a sustainable, flexible workforce with high-quality skills.

AIS undertakes stakeholder engagement, research and analysis on behalf of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC) we support. The industry skills forums are a central platform in our intelligence gathering activity and will allow us to identify industry skill needs, now and into the future.

Information and intelligence gathered from the forums will assist the IRCs to develop next year’s IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work.

The forums will be held in each State and Territory, kicking off in in early August. Details on when and where the events will take place will be communicated shortly.

To register your interest for this free event, please complete the Expression of Interest registration form. Places at the forums will be limited.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact:

2017-18 Annual Wage Review – Award Pay Guides

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages following its 2018 Annual Wage Review. The increase will apply to base rates of pay from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.

The pay guides have minimum pay rates for full-time, part-time and casual employees in an award. They also include all the monetary allowances and the most frequently used penalty rates for each classification.

Pay guides don’t apply when a business has a registered agreement and the employee is covered by it.

Security Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000016] Pay Guide

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 [MA000025] Pay Guide

Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010 [MA000042] Pay Guide

ASQA cancels security qualifications issued by Sage Academy Training Pty Ltd

The national training regulator will cancel security qualifications issued to 226 individuals by former registered training organisation Sage Academy Training Pty Ltd (RTO number 41505, Sage Academy).

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) announced in January its intention to cancel the qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Sage Academy.

At the time ASQA sent notices to the affected individuals advising them of ASQA’s intention and inviting them to provide written advice stating why their qualification and/or statements of attainment should not be cancelled.

The time for students to respond has now closed and ASQA has considered all of the individual responses it has received.

ASQA has made the decision to cancel these qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Sage Academy because it believes the holders of the qualifications and statements of attainment have not been properly trained and assessed.

The strong regulatory action being taken by ASQA in this matter is based on evidence of Sage Academy’s critical non-compliance with the national training standards and the issue of qualifications and statements of attainment without providing legitimate training. This behaviour is not the typical ‘non-compliance’ detected by ASQA during its regulatory work, where training organisations are actually providing legitimate training and assessment but are not fully meeting their regulatory obligations.

ASQA is in the process of advising the individuals who were issued a qualification and/or statement of attainment by Sage Academy of the cancellation of their qualification and/or statement of attainment.

Individuals who still want to obtain a license to work in the security industry will have to regain their qualification through a different registered training provider.

AUSTRAC – Reporting obligation ceases for Cash in Transit

From 3 April 2018, businesses providing cash-in-transit will no longer have obligations under the AML/CTF Act and the FTR Act.

Cash in Transit providers have been required to be registered as a reporting entity and submit Threshold Transaction Reports (TTRs) and collect significant information relating to knowing your client (KYC), and the reporting of suspicious transactions. The reporting obligation has been removed as it was considered to be a duplication of transaction reporting.

TTRs will be required for cash carrying services provided up to and including 2 April 2018 and have until 16 April to finalise the reporting of TTRs for cash carrying services.

After the 16 April 2018, AUSTRAC will remove the registered Cash in Transit businesses from the Reporting Entity Roll.

For more information   AUSTRAC


Easter and ANZAC Day Public Holidays 2018

Members are reminded that various State and Territory governments have announced the holidays that must be observed over Easter and ANZAC Day.

Award related employees who work on the nominated days may be subject to penalty rates.

ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria

  •    Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  •    Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  •    Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
  •    Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  •    Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day

ACT Public Holidays   NSW Public Holidays  QLD Public Holidays   VIC Public Holidays 

South Australia and Northern Territory

  •   Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  •   Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  •   Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  •   Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day

SA Public Holidays  NT Public Holidays


  •  Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  •  Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  •  Tuesday 3 April - Easter Tuesday (restricted holiday only applies under certain awards or registered agreements and to the state public service)
  •  Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC Day

TAS Public Holidays 

Western Australia

  •  Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  •  Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  •  Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC DAY

WA Public Holidays