News & Security Advice

Victoria

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

Continuing Professional Development

Victorian Private Security Business Licence holders must 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

Victorian Security Licence Changes

From 4 July 2011, fingerprinting for new licence applicants and current licensees on renewal, along with a range of other legislative changes that includes increased disqualifying offences, new licence classes for security trainers and security guard with dog and RTOs will now require a private security business licence for the activity of Private Security Trainer. 

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Surveillance in Public Places final report released

The Attorney-General has tabled the Commission's Surveillance in Public Places: Final Report in Parliament on 12 August 2010.
The report responds to the growing use and sophistication of surveillance technologies. It provides recommendations to modernise surveillance laws and promote the responsible use of surveillance devices in public places.
The report completes a two-stage inquiry into the widespread use of privacy-invasive technologies. The Commission's Workplace Privacy: Final Report was the first stage and proposed the creation of workplace privacy legislation to regulate potentially privacy-invasive acts and practices in the workplace.
For more information on Surveillance in Public Places, read the media release.