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Victoria

Review of Victoria’s Private Security Industry Issues Paper

The Victorian government has released the Issue Paper for the review of the Victorian private security industry. They are asking the security industry for feedback. .

The SPAAL is on the Victorian Security Industry Advisory Committee.

The Issues Paper has been prepared to guide you in providing your feedback. It has been developed in consultation with stakeholders, such as the Victorian Security Industry Advisory Committee, Victoria Police (the Regulator) and other industry representatives.

The Victorian government is seeking feedback, including personal experiences that highlight concerns or issues, in order to generate and present a range of options for reform.

This Options Paper seeks to:

  • communicate and seek feedback on issues already identified by stakeholders
  • draw out any new options and ideas for consideration, that can be used to inform recommendations for reform.

The Review will deliver its final report and recommendations to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Treasurer and the Premier by December 2020.

Victoria’s Private Security Industry Issues Paper

Submissions are due no later than 27 July 2020

Victorian Government Wage Theft Bill – Consultation Paper

The Government intends to introduce laws into the Victorian Parliament to criminalise wage theft in Victoria. This public consultation paper provides an overview of the proposed design of the offence and enforcement regime.

Wage Theft Consultation Paper   Feedback is invited by 9 March 2020.

 

ASQA approves extended transition period until 1 July 2020 for CPP30411 Certificate III and CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations and CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations for learner cohorts in NSW, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria.

The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 1 July 2020 and was granted to allow these licensing jurisdictions time to update and communicate their revised security educational requirements. As other states and territories in Australia have already amended their requirements, an extended transition period is not required.

The qualifications will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period, unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior.

Read more on the extension

Victorian Labour Hire Licensing – Late Licence Applications

The Authority has decided that where a complete application is submitted to the Authority before midnight on 31 December 2019, and there is no evidence of non-compliance, it will not take enforcement action against a provider for providing services without a licence, or a host who enters into an arrangement with that provider. https://labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au/

Victorian Security Officers as Emergency Workers Occupational Violence and Aggression Survey

In 2018 the Victorian Government introduced legislation for increased sentencing powers where emergency workers were assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. The legislation is known as the Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 (Vic). The legislation does not specifically identify security officers although many perform public-facing first-responder type roles similar to traditionally recognised emergency workers.

This survey seeks to identify the extent of occupational violence and aggression (“OVA”) experienced by security officers in a public-facing role. It is anticipated that information gained through this survey will be used in support of a submission to the Victorian Government that security officers be categorised and therefore included as an “emergency worker” in designated work roles.

The Security Providers Association of Australia Limited (SPAAL) is a member of the Victorain Security Industry Advisory Council (VSIAC).

OVA.Survey

Victorian Portable Long Service Levy

The Victorian Portable Long Service Authority (PLSA) has announced the levy to be applied to the Portable Long Service Benefits scheme to commence on 1 July 2019.

The levy announced with be 1.8% for the security and cleaning sectors and 1.65% for the community services sector.  The levy is calculated based on the workers ordinary pay.

From 1 July 2019, businesses employing workers in community services, contract cleaning and security and businesses employing workers who perform work covered by the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme must register with the Portable Long Service Authority. The scheme covers casual, part time and permanent employees.

The registration must be completed between 1 July and 30 September 2019 for established businesses. The first quarterly return and payment to the PLSA will be required by end of October 2019.

For more information  https://www.vic.gov.au/employer-information-portable-long-service

 

Victoria Police Private Security Newsletter – April 2019

  • Superintendent’s Message
  • Don’t be a Bystander
  • Security Industry Trainers
  • Business Licence Renewals
  • Expired Security Licences
  • Returning Documents and Renewals via email
  • Handgun Qualifications
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority
  • Close Associates
  • Electronic Lodgement Process Update
  • Contact Centre Call Recording
  • Victoria Police Website

Private Security Newsletter - April 2019

Victorian Labour Hire Licensing commences on 29 April 2019

From today labour hire providers will have six months to apply for a licence under the Victorian Government’ Labour Hire Licensing Scheme.

The commencement of the scheme announced today by Minister for Industrial Relations, Tim Pallas, makes the system fairer for workers, businesses and providers.

Information on the application process can be found here.

The scheme seeks to achieve a level playing field, so that labour providers do not face unfair competition from unscrupulous operators, and workers are not subject to exploitation.

To operate legally in Victoria from 30 October 2019, labour hire providers must have applied for, or have a labour hire licence.

For more information and to apply for a licence today visit https://labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au/

Have any questions about the scheme? Email enquiries@labourhireauthority.vic.gov.au

Victorian Long Service Act 2018 commences 1 November 2018

The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) will commence on 1 November 2018.

Key Changes

  • employees will be able to apply to take long service leave after seven years’ service on a pro rata basis (previously 10 years);
  • employees may take long service leave at a minimum of one day’s leave at a time;
  • any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service;
  • the employer and employee may agree at the time that the unpaid leave commences, that a period of unpaid leave beyond 12 months will count as service;
  • new methods have been introduced to calculate long service leave where an employee’s hours of work are not fixed or where they have changed over a period of employment;
  • authorised departmental officers can request the production of records when investigating alleged breaches and a failure to comply with the request without reasonable excuse, will be an offence under the Act.

The accrual rate of 1/60th of the period of continuous employment will not change under the new Act.

We recommend members undertake the following steps to ensure compliance:

  • reviewing and updating payroll systems to ensure long service leave accruals include periods of parental leave.
  • train managers and supervisors on the changes to ensure they appropriately respond to requests for long service leave.
  • ensure ongoing compliance by auditing long service leave records..

Victoria – New laws to prevent alcohol related harm to minors

From 13 September 2018, there will be tighter restrictions on how alcohol can be supplied to minors.

These restrictions will mean that:

  • the serving of alcohol to a minor on a licensed premises is not permitted under any circumstance
  • the supply of alcohol to a minor by an adult in a private residence will be subject to further restrictions around responsible supervision
  • alcohol must not be delivered to a minor.

Changes to the supply of liquor to minors are part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (LGLA Act) which was passed by the Victorian Parliament earlier this year. The LGLA Act amends several provisions of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

For further details on these changes, please see Changes to the Liquor Control Reform Act page.