News & Security Advice

Victoria

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

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