News & Security Advice

Victoria

Criminal History Checks changes from 1 September 2014

As at 1 September 2014, Victoria Police will require all security applicants to provide - as a minimum - a full 10 year criminal history check. This includes background checks from any other country that the applicant has resided in for a period of more than 12 months.

This policy is consistent with the requirements of section 25, 26, 82 and 83 of the Private Security Act 2004 which identify the circumstances in which the Chief Commissioner of Police must refuse to grant a licence/registration.
Therefore, all applicants on a visa (i.e. persons who are not permanent residents of Australia or Australian Citizens) must provide a copy of the standard Victorian Fingerprints and National Name Check as well as a certified copy of their
International Police Check from any other country that the applicant has resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age. This requirement also applies to students.

The International Police Checks can be the same as those provided to Department of mmigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as part of the initial visa application, or they can be ordered by the applicant at their own expense through the appropriate embassy/consulate.

Both Police Checks will be utilised to undertake an assessment of the applicant’s criminal history against the ‘Revised Schedule of Offences’ accessible Here or on the Victoria Police website at www.police.vic.gov.au/privatesecurity.

It should be noted that just because an applicant has an offence recorded on their International Police Check from another country, it does not necessarily automatically preclude them from obtaining a licence in Victoria if that offence is of a type not recognised in Australia.

Victorian Monitoring Centre Operator Training Removed for Licensing

Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD) has determined that the requirement for training for the security guard sub-activity of monitoring centre operator be removed.

This decision has been made in consultation with the Private Security Industry Regulators at a national level who are also in the process of removing the training requirement. The Victorian Security Industry Advisory Council has been informed of the change and is supportive of this decision.

The decision was made as a result of feedback from the technical sector of the Private Security Industry which determined that the current training requirements did not meet their specific industry needs.

The decision to remove the training requirement will take effect immediately however does not remove the requirement to be licensed.

LRD is in the process of communicating this change to the industry.

Please note that this change will not affect the training requirements for the security guard sub-activity of control room operator.

Proposed Review of Private Security Industry Firearms Training

The following letter to all Private Security Business Licence Holders encourages all businesses to provide their feedback to the Licensing & Regulation Division by 12 July 2013 about the review of Private Security Industry Firearms Training. All businesses are encouraged to read the letter and provide feedback to LRD.

 

Letter to All Private Security Business Licence Holders

Victoria Police – Positional/Restraint Asphyxia

There are techniques of restraint that have been associated with sudden, unexpected deaths. Security personnel must be aware of the potential dangers and take every precaution to ensure they adopt safe practice. Positional Asphyxia (restraint asphyxia) can be defined as obstruction of breathing as a result of restraint technique. It occurs when the position of a person's body interferes with their ability to breath. If this is not recognised, death can occur from asphyxia or suffocation. Any body position that interferes with breathing can cause death.

For further information about the risk factors, how a security officer can identify the signs and preventative measures download the Positional/Restraint Asphyxia Fact Sheet.

Company directors and officers will face personal liability for OHS breaches in 2012

Currently in Victoria if a company breaches the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and that breach is attributable to a failure by the company’s officer to take reasonable care, the officer maybe prosecuted for the same breach as the company.

This potential liability will be widened when the new model Workplace Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) commences on 1 January 2012.

Section 27 of the WHS Act will impose a new positive duty on officers of a “person conducting a business or undertaking” to exercise “due diligence” to ensure that the business or undertaking complies with duties under the WHS Act.

An officer may include a director, chief executive officer, managing director or general manager of the company or firm.

If you are an officer, you must exercise “due diligence” to ensure compliance by your business with its health and safety obligations. Read full article

 

Victoria – SPAAL appointed as an Approved Security Industry Association

The Victorian appointment recognizes SPAAL's continued commitment to the industry, member representation and growth as national security industry association. SPAAL is also an approved security industry association in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

Victorian Private Security Business Licence holders are required to complete a CPD program in order to maintain their membership and licence. SPAAL’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is designed to ensure members attain and maintain increased skills and knowledge for consistent professionalism within the security industry.

SPAAL Continuing Professional Development Program