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New South Wales

EOI – Property NSW Whole of Government Integrated Security Contract

Property NSW is delivering the procurement of a new Whole of Government Integrated Security Contract. The contract will commence as soon as practicable after the expiration of the current contract on 3 July 2019 and is proposed to run for 3 years plus 4 x 1 year options.

Property NSW is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable security suppliers. Registration for this EOI will ensure the supplier is notified when the Request For Tender (RFT) is shortly released to market, however EOI registration is not mandatory to respond to the RFT opportunity.

This EOI contains a revised scope of works from the current Whole of Government security contract. Providers are invited to download the document and provide feedback or comments on the document and scope of services to Property NSW at wholeofgovernmentsecurity@property.nsw.gov.au

The scope of the Services of the Contract includes:

  • Guards
  • Armed Guards
  • Alarm Monitoring, Response and Patrol Guards
  • Control Room Operators
  • Crowd Control Guards
  • Electronic Security Services
  • Cash in in Transit – Soft Skin or Armoured

The Contract is divided into 7 contract region packages across NSW. A sufficient number of Contractors will be appointed to a panel to adequately service the Customers’ needs in NSW under the Head Agreement. Proponents will be able to submit for one or more regions. There is a strong preference for the Contractor to supply an extensive range of goods and services within each Region for which they are appointed. Capacity to provide services directly, rather than via sub-contracting arrangements, is preferred.

The contract is a standing offer arrangement or panel contract. This is a contract made between Property NSW and a supplier or suppliers. Property NSW makes it with the supplier for the benefit of customer agencies i.e. does not necessarily buy any goods or services from the supplier. Under the panel contract, the supplier agrees to provide services to a customer agency if an order is placed by an eligible customer.

The combined value of all agency customer contracts under the whole of government arrangement, ranging from small to large engagements, is estimated to be $50 to $60 million per annum. This contract is not the only opportunity to supply security services to the NSW government.

Close Date & Time: 30-Jun-2019 11:00 AM

More information http://tenders.nsw.gov.au/?c=1D0D339E

Security Industry Supervisor Workshop – 2 May 2019

This workshop program has been designed to assist employers and workplace supervisors in the Security Industries to help their apprentices and trainees to successfully complete their training and gain a nationally recognised qualification.


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ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning University of Sydney and contract security services providers

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday 11 February as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations concerning the University of Sydney, its contracted security services provider Sydney Night Patrol & Inquiry Co Pty Ltd (SNP Security) and SNP Security’s subcontractor, S International Group Pty Ltd (SIG) (Operation Gerda).

The Commission is investigating whether, since January 2009, SNP Security and/or SIG staff have dishonestly obtained a financial benefit from the University by creating false entries on daily time sheets and submitting these for payment to the University.

The ICAC is also investigating whether any University of Sydney employee dishonestly obtained a financial benefit from, or acted partially in, exercising their public official functions for the benefit of SNP Security and/or SIG and/or any of their employees.

The Commission is also examining whether SNP Security, SIG and/or any of their employees engaged in conduct that, or could have, adversely affected the exercise of official functions by the University and/or any of its employees, and which could have involved bribery and/or fraud.

Further, the ICAC is examining whether any employee of the University, SNP Security and/or SIG engaged in conduct that impaired, or could impair, public confidence in public administration because it involved dishonestly obtaining, assisting in obtaining or dishonestly benefiting from, the payment or application of public funds for private advantage.

The public notice is available at https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/component/investigations/article/5438?Itemid=4195 and the ICAC media release at https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/component/investigations/article/5437?Itemid=4195.

Safety at NSW music festivals to be improved

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority will administer a special new liquor licence for music festivals under plans to improve safety at these events.

The NSW Government will implement this and other recommendations of an expert panel, which was convened to improve safety at music festivals following the deaths of two young people who attended the Defqon.1 festival in September.

Chair of the Authority Philip Crawford was appointed to the expert panel, alongside Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

All of the expert panel’s recommendations have been accepted in-principle by the NSW Government. They focus on three key areas:

  • Improving the regulation of music festivals by introducing a new, specific and consistent licensing regime to improve safety, and provide certainty for the music festival industry and other stakeholders.
  • Strengthening drug and alcohol education, and providing more support for frontline health workers at music festivals.
  • Strengthening laws to target drug suppliers by introducing a new offence that will hold drug dealers responsible for deaths they cause, and trialling on-the-spot fines for drug possession at music festivals.

Read the expert panel’s report

NSW Digital Driver Licence Trial

A three month trial has started in Dubbo for a digital version of the traditional NSW driver licence.

The trial will test the digital driver licence in real life situations, so it can be used in a similar way to the existing plastic licence.

The large regional city of Dubbo was chosen for the trial due to its demographic spread, the NSW Police Force Western Region headquarters being located there, and because the city has a variety of pubs and clubs where the digital licence can be tested.

The trial will initially focus on two common uses for driver licences:

  • selected interactions with police, such as random alcohol and drug tests and traffic stops
  • providing evidence of identity and age at selected licensed venues.

For more information about the trial, visit the digital driver licence trial website.

Remake of NSW Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Regulation

This Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been released for the 2017 remake of the Firearms Regulation 2006 (the FR) and the Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2009 (WPR).

It is acknowledged that some of the proposed amendments may incur an additional initial cost to firearms licence holders, or prohibited weapons permit holders but ultimately will improve service provision.  While the cost to individual persons is difficult to quantify in total; no increase in fees is being considered as part of the review.

The review is intended to ensure the Regulations are up to date, adhere to the Government's better regulation principles, are in plain English, reduce red tape wherever possible, and protect public safety.

Comment from firearm licence holders, government agencies and other interested parties is sought to help ensure the remade Regulations reflect the needs of the NSW community.
The issues raised in this RIS have been presented to correspond to the structure of the current Regulations for ease of reference.

There is no set format for submissions; however short comment with reference to the part or clause of the Draft Regulation to which the issue relates is encouraged. Detailed submissions without reference to the Draft Regulations have increased likelihood of key issues being missed.

Only comments relating to the Draft Regulations will be considered. Not all comments may be incorporated into the final Regulations.

If you wish to keep your comments private, please mark your submission as confidential.

Submissions can be made by email or post, however, posted submission must reach the Office for Police by the close of submission date. Email is the preferred option.

Email: firearms@mpes.nsw.gov.au

Post:

Firearms Submissions
Office for Police, Department of Justice
GPO Box 5434
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Submissions must be received no later than 5.00pm Monday 31 July 2017.

Firearms Regulation 2017 & Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017 RIS

Firearms Regulation 2017

Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017

Changes to NSW Security Legislation from 9 May, 2017

On 9 May 2017, changes to the Security Industry Act 1997  commenced. The changes can be viewed at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/acts/2017-16.pdf

The amended legislation can be viewed on these links.

Security Industry Act 1997
Security Industry Regulation 2016

Major Changes to NSW Workers Compensation

icare is the new State Government authority that administers Workers Compensation in NSW. icare now handle all policy underwriting and billing – meaning clients will receive renewal documentation directly from icare and they must pay icare directly.

Insurers, acting as agents for the scheme now only take care of claims handling. However, CGU and QBE are not renewing their agreements at the end of the year meaning the number of insurer “agents” will be reduced to: Allianz, Employers Mutual Limited and GIO.

Any employers with policies with CGU and QBE will be transferred to one of the above, for claims handling.

Members can obtain further information at https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/our-services/workers-insurance.

ASQA cancels registration of three NSW security training providers

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of three registered training organisations that were delivering security training in New South Wales.

The providers are Sage Academy Training Pty Ltd, Premier Training Institute and Safety and First Aid Education Pty Ltd.

Read the full ASQA media release here for more information> 

Fair Work Ombudsman recovers almost $30,000 from a NSW security company

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $30,000 for five underpaid employees of a NSW-based security services company.

The five security guards were underpaid a total of $29,690 when they were employed by Unimet Security Pty Ltd, which provides security services at a variety of different sites.

The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated after receiving requests for assistance from two guards.

The guards were paid flat rates of $20 to $22 an hour, which were insufficient to cover their minimum entitlements under the Security Services Industry Award.

As casual employees, they were entitled to a minimum Award hourly rate of $24.28 for ordinary hours, a night rate of $28.49, weekend rates of up to $43.70 and up to $53.41 on public holidays.

The largest underpayments were $12,086 for a guard who worked at the Stockland Shellharbour Shopping Centre and $6454 for a guard who was placed by Unimet at a Centrelink site at Corrimal in Wollongong.

Unimet co-operated with the Fair Work Ombudsman, including conducting a self-audit to help identify the full extent of underpayments and promptly back-paying workers in full.

The company has also entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman aimed at encouraging behavioural change and future compliance.

Under the EU, the company has agreed to donate $1000 to the Mt Druitt & Area Community Legal Centre in Western Sydney and to commission external professional audits of its compliance with workplace laws over the next three years and promptly rectify any underpayments discovered.

The company will also terminate its contract with any contractor it finds has breached workplace laws; apologise to the underpaid workers; display workplace notices detailing its contraventions; and register with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My Account portal.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the case illustrates the dangers of paying flat rates of pay, without reference to the applicable Award.

“Improving compliance in the security industry continues to be a focus for us and employers in this sector need to realise it is unlawful to pay flat rates that undercut award entitlements, even if employees say they agree to it,” Ms James said.

Resources available at www.fairwork.gov.au include a template questionnaire for security contractors vying for work, sample clauses to include in contracts and tools for determining minimum employees pay rates, including penalties and overtime.