News & Security Advice

New South Wales

NSW Master Licence Draft Incident and Sign-on Register Requirements

The SLED has released the attached extracts from its draft Compliance Guide for Master Licensees for comment by the security industry. These extracts detail the proposed "approved manner and form" requirements for incident and Sign-on registers for Master Licensees employing Class 1 Licensees.

Feedback on the draft register requirements should be submitted to SLED via email to sled@police.nsw.gov.au by 31 July 2015.

Please note that while the SLED may be unable to respond to all submissions directly, SLED will seek to address all relevant feedback by making necessary changes to the draft Compliance Guide or through FAQs that we will publish on the SLED website in support of the final document.

Changes to the Security Industry Act 1997

On 8 January 2015, minor changes to the Security Industry Act 1997 (the Act) commenced. The changes mainly provide more clarity, including that:

  • Class 1A, Class 1B, Class 1C, Class 1E and Class 1F licences do not authorise the licensee to carry on a security activity with a dog;
  • a Class 2A licence authorises the licensee to:

sell security methods or principles; and
act as a consultant by identifying and analysing security risks and providing solutions and management strategies to minimise those security risks;

  • a Class 2B licence authorises the licensee to: - sell (and provide advice in relation to) security equipment;

sell the services of persons to carry on any security activity;
act as an agent for (or otherwise obtain contracts for) the supply of persons to carry on any security activity, the supply of any security equipment or the supply of any security activity; and
broker any security activity by acting as an intermediary to negotiate and obtain any such activity for a person in return for a commission or financial benefit;

  • a master licence (other than a renewed licence) comes into force on the date specified in the licence;
  • a Class 1 or Class 2 licence (other than a renewed licence) comes into force on the day on which the licence is collected or, if the licence is posted to the licensee, 4 working days after the latest photograph of the licensee was taken.

Security Industry Act 1997

NSW Police Security Licensing Enforcement Directorate – Unlicensed Security Activity Survey

A survey  targeting unlicensed security activity being carried on in NSW has been published on the SLED website.

The purpose of this survey is to ascertain industry knowledge and perceptions of the extent and types of unlicensed security activities carried on by organisations and/or individuals.   This anonymous survey will assist the SLED in developing a targeted approach towards unlicensed activities by means of educational and compliance programs.

Click here to complete this short survey.

Revocation of NSW Conditional Class 1 Security Licences

A “conditional licence” is a licence that has a condition placed on it under section 23E of the Security Industry Act 1997 requiring the holder to provide evidence of attainment of all units of competency for the licence.

In July 2014, a “Notice of Intention to Revoke Security Licence” was mailed to all licensees holding a conditional licence.  The notice contained steps that could be taken to avoid revocation action.

Holders of conditional Class 1 licences who failed to take action to avoid the revocation of their licence are hereby notified that the revocation of their licence is effective on and from Wednesday 1 October 2014.

If you hold a revoked licence, you are no longer authorised to carry on security activities.  Penalties apply for persons who carry on security activities without a current licence.

Kings Cross ID Scanners

ID scanners came into operation at up to 35 high-risk licensed venues at Kings Cross on 13 June.

High-risk venues are required to operate ID scanners from 9pm to 1.30am seven days a week to align them with the new lockout laws... Read more

NSW RSA/RCG expiry of old-style paper certificates

RSA/RCG paper certificates in NSW that were issued up to 31 December 2008 have now expired.

Certificates issued in 2009 will expire on 30 June 2015 and certificates issued from 1 January 2010 to 21 August 2011 will expire on 30 June 2016... Read more

Tough line on NSW RSA Photo Competency Cards

OLGR is taking a tough stance on industry staff who are not able to produce their RSA Competency Card, interim certificate, or valid old-style paper certificate.

Competency card requirements

Graduates of approved Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and/or Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) courses in NSW should obtain a photo competency card from a participating Australia Post outlet to work in roles that require this qualification.

For RSA, this includes jobs involving serving or selling alcohol, as a liquor licensee, or working in a security role at licensed venues or licensed events in NSW. For RCG, it involves any staff who will have gaming machine related functions, including licensees, secretaries and managers.

Venue staff that fail to produce their Competency Card when requested may be issued with a penalty notice for $55 for non compliance with a request.

Remember, copies of the card will not be accepted.

If a Competency Card holder has lost their Competency Card, or changed their name, they must complete the Replacement Competency Card form to obtain a new one.

Interim certificates

The interim certificate allows most course graduates to immediately work for up to 90 days in roles that require this competency and provides sufficient time for a graduate to visit a participating Australia Post outlet, apply for their card and have it processed and mailed to them.

Interim certificates are not valid in the Kings Cross Precinct. Course graduates (including licensees, bar staff, RSA marshals and security staff) wishing to work in the Kings Cross Precinct must obtain their photo competency card before commencing work in the area.

Old-style RSA and RCG paper certificates are no longer issued in NSW. They are being phased out according to the timetable below.

RSA and RCG paper certificates issued

  • Up to and including 31 Dec 2006    Expired
  • 1 Jan 2007 – 31 Dec 2008              30 Jun 2014
  • 1 Jan 2009 – 31 Dec 2009              30 Jun 2015
  • 1 Jan 2010 – 21 Aug 2011              30 Jun 2016

 

 

Applications for Security Licences – Evidence of Attainment of Competencies.

Applicants for security licences are now able to lodge their application prior to completing any required training and assessment.  Applicants can now choose to provide the evidence that they  have attained any required competencies either with their application, or within 42 days after lodging their application.

The intent of this change is to reduce the time between a person deciding to enter the industry and them actually being granted a licence to do so, as it allows the SLED to conduct the fingerprinting process and other probity checks in parallel with the applicant completing any required training and assessment.

NSW Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014

On 21 February 2014, the Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014 became effective limiting  the requirement that an apprentice or a trainee be directly supervised in order to be exempt from the operation of the Security Industry Act 1997 to  first-year apprentices or trainees only.

For more information, refer to Schedule 1 of the Security Industry Regulation 2007 or the Security Industry Amendment (Apprentices and Trainees Exemption) Regulation 2014.

NSW Reforms for Liquor Industry Regulation

On 30 January 2014, the NSW Parliament passed the Liquor Amendment Act 2014 which implements a package of new reforms to tackle alcohol-related violence. 2014 reforms for liquor regulation in NSW - 30 Jan 2014