Victoria Police – Private security licence/registration holders and compliance with COVID-19 restrictions
The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) regulate the private security industry to ensure public safety. As part of these duties, the LRD continually assess the suitability for individuals and businesses to hold private security licences and registrations. On or off duty, private security licence and registration holders are expected to undertake their duties with their core focus on maintaining public safety, ensuring a high level of accountability is associated with these roles.
The LRD would like to remind all private security licence and registration holders they must follow each of the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO’s) directives which are currently in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep the community safe.
Victoria Police takes breaches of licence and/or registration conditions and CHO directives extremely seriously.
Blatant and deliberate disregard of the CHO’s directions endangers public safety and calls into question a private security licence or registration holders suitability to be licenced in an area that requires a strong emphasis on safety.
As a result, the LRD may conduct a Disciplinary Inquiry in accordance with section 50 and 105 of the Private Security Act 2004, which will examine the breach as well as a holistic assessment of the licensees suitability.
A range of actions may be taken as part of this process, including the immediate suspension and eventual cancellation of licences and registrations. Licensees may also be subject to a reprimand which may harm future licensing/registration applications.
Employers who ask their employees to work in breach of the CHO’s directives, including Stage 3 and 4 restrictions, may also face penalties.
If you are unsure around what activities are permitted under the CHO’s directives, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website or phone the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
More information about the LRD’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the Victoria Police website – Private Security.
The SPAAL is an approved security industry association for security licensing in Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory and a Victorian Security Industry Advisory Council member.
SPAAL has lodged a submission in response to the Victorian Government review into the Private Security Industry for legislative or practice reforms of the Private Security Act 2004 and the Private Security Regulations 2016.
The review of the Private Security Act provides an opportunity to address issues relating to;
- Sham contracting and the exploitation of workers (individual ABN holders).
- Implementation of subcontracting licensing requirements in security legislation to regulate subcontracting on multiple levels.
- Ensuring effective regulatory enforcement in the delivery of training
- Address poor literacy and numeracy skills with the implementation of a consistent LLN pre-enrolment assessment test.
- More effective regulatory enforcement by government agencies.
- Uniform and consistent security licensing requirements.
- Review of Continuing Professional Development
SPAAL is supportive of the Victorian Private Security Industry Review and looks forward to working with government to advance the professionalism of the industry and to deliver positive outcomes for the community and all key stakeholders.
The Premier’s office has advised that permits will be required for security personnel (possession of a current security licence or registration is not enough).
Individuals must carry a copy of the permit with them.
For more information visit the VIC Justice Department > http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/
From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:
- The workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
- All employees are working from home.
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility.
Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.
There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers, and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.
Find out more about eligibility, information employers will need, how to issue a worker permit and carrying a permit here>
Certain services and industries will be able to remain operational and will be required by law to have a COVID Safe Plan: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/covid-safe-business/creating-a-covid-safe-workplace
The Victorian Government Stage 4 restrictions guide outlines essential industries: Security is addressed under the heading ‘Open (for on-site work) – COVID Safe Plan on page 7: Stage 4 Business Restictions
“Security services, where required for the safety of a permitted workplace.”
For information on the latest restrictions and to understand if your business can open under Stage 4 restrictions, visit : https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-covid-19
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.
Submissions are due no later than 27 July 2020
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.
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/
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).