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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.

Victorian Firearms Regulations Review

Firearms are regulated in Victoria by the Firearms Act 1996. The Firearms Regulations 2008, which are made under the Act, will expire on 8 April 2018. The regulations deal with some aspects of the use of and trade in firearms. They also set fees for licences, permits and approvals relating to firearms.

The Department of Justice and Regulation, working with Victoria Police, is in the process of reviewing the regulations and has developed proposed new regulations to replace them when they expire. A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been developed to:

  • explain the proposed new regulations
  • outline other potential options for amending the regulations.

The review has, so far, included consultation with a number of firearms community stakeholders and individual dealers. The department is now seeking comments from members of the public on the proposed regulations.

The feedback received through this public consultation will be taken into account when a decision is made about the final regulations, which will happen in 2018.

Written submissions should be provided to the Department by no later than 5.00pm AEST, 25 January 2018. Submissions can be uploaded through the Engage Victoria website at www.engage.vic.gov.au/firearmsregulations or sent to:

Firearms Regulation Review
Police Policy and Governance
Department of Justice and Regulation
GPO Box 4356
MELBOURNE  VIC  3001

or by email to: firearmsregulationreview@justice.vic.gov.au

All comments and submissions received by the due date will be considered before the proposed regulations are made.

Victorian Government Tackling the Cyber Security Threat to Services

Victoria’s first ever Cyber Security Strategy to ensure government services and information are kept safe from cyber threats.

The Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings joined cyber experts and IT industry representatives to launch Victoria’s Cyber Security Strategy – the first state in Australia to do so.

Government networks across the world are regularly targeted by cyber-attacks, with an increasing shift from unsophisticated lone cyber hackers towards organised criminals, political ‘hacktivists’ and even foreign governments using cyber space to infiltrate, steal from and disrupt government services.

The scale of incidents and attempted disruption is unprecedented, with the methods used to attack digital services increasing in complexity and sophistication.

The Cyber Security Strategy shifts from an agency by agency approach, to a whole of government approach, as we seek to sustain strong and resilient cyber security defences that protect the delivery of public services in Victoria. Read more

Victoria Police to use Body Cameras

Police will be able to capture potentially crucial video evidence on body-worn cameras without fear of breaking the law themselves under new legislation due in Victoria's parliament.

The use of body-worn camera footage could currently constitute a surveillance offence if police were to "inadvertently record a private conversation", the government said.

Legislation to be introduced on Tuesday will ensure police are not in breach of the current Surveillance Devices Act, Attorney General Martin Pakula said.

"There will be further legislation later in the year which goes to family violence in terms of being able to give direct evidence via body-worn cameras, but that is still under development," Mr Pakula told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended that there be a trial of body-worn cameras by police ... this legislation is the first step in making that a reality."

The cameras will not only provide potential evidence but will also hold police to account, the government added.

Further legislation is expected to allow the footage to be tendered in court as evidence.

The final design of the cameras and the scope of their use is still yet to be fully decided but a trial is expected to begin in early 2018.

Christopher Talbot, Australian Associated Press, 8 August 2017

Victoria Police Private Security Newsletter – July 2017

  • New Private Security Licence and Registration Applications Move Online
  • Changes to Firearm Requalification Timelines
  • Units of Competency Updated
  • Fee Schedule Update on 1 July
  • Auditing Licence Endorsements and Sighting Licence Cards
  • RTO Course Return Submission
  • National Firearms Amnesty
  • RTO Approved to Deliver Guard with a Dog Training

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ASQA cancels security qualifications issued by Victorian trainer

The national vocational education and training (VET) regulator has announced its intention to cancel 756 security qualifications issued by former Victorian training provider, Austwide Institute of Training Pty Ltd (Austwide).

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) investigated Austwide and found it to be critically non-compliant with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

As a result of this finding, ASQA cancelled the training provider’s registration. Austwide sought a review of the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) however ASQA’s decision was affirmed and took effect on 26 May.

ASQA has examined training and assessment documents obtained from Austwide and found evidence that the organisation did not provide the training and assessment necessary to ensure students had the skills and knowledge required to be awarded a Certificate II in Security Operations.

As a result, ASQA has decided to cancel any Certificate II in Security Operations qualifications issued by Austwide – which also traded as Automotive Management Institute - between 28 April and 26 May this year because it believes the holders of this qualifications have not been properly assessed.

The strong regulatory action being taken by ASQA in this matter is based on reliable evidence that Austwide did not provide legitimate training and assessment of these individuals and was, in fact, operating a system intent on issuing qualifications without providing training or assessment.

This behaviour is not the typical ‘non-compliance’ detected by ASQA during its regulatory work, where training organisations are actually providing training and assessment but are not fully meeting their regulatory obligations.

The actions of Austwide damages the standing of Australia’s vocational education and training system and warrants this strong response by the regulator.

ASQA is endeavouring to contact – by post, SMS and social media - the individuals involved. It is important that anyone who received a Certificate II in Security Operations qualification through Austwide between 28 April and 26 May this year read and understand the information sent to them.

The cancellation of the qualifications is not automatic – individuals have the opportunity to submit evidence and information to ASQA as to why their qualifications should not be cancelled.

However, should ASQA proceed to cancel the qualifications, individuals who still want to obtain a license to work in the security industry will have to regain their qualification through another training provider.

Any students who received a Certificate II in Security Operations qualification from Austwide between April and May this year and has not received a notice – or would like more information - should contact the ASQA Info Line on 1300 701 801 or email qualifications.review@asqa.gov.au.