Victoria’s private security system is under review


The lack of training meant that many workers lacked the skills to safely defuse violent situations, especially in places serving alcohol, the review found.

“In some circumstances, this has led to inappropriate use of restraint or other physical intervention resulting in death,” he said.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville.Credit:Scott mcnaughton

He also suggested that the Victoria Police Licensing and Regulatory Division recruit more staff to monitor registered companies to train private security guards and make unannounced instant visits to verify teaching standards and monitor exams.

The practice of employing foreign students as security guards will also be the subject of further scrutiny, including possible legislative amendments requiring “that a person wishing to apply for a private security license has sufficiently accumulated time and reputation in Australia for a reliable probity check to be carried out. . “


United Workers Union official Damien Davie said the review was a step in the right direction, but argued the industry needed to adopt even higher standards to rid the industry of “wage theft and theft. exploitation “.

“For too long, security guards have not been respected by businesses, contractors and customers,” he said.

Mr Davie said the union, which represents some security guards, discovered that large security firm MSS had engaged in “questionable outsourcing” to Spring Racing Carnival. According to one of the review’s recommendations, MSS should notify the Victorian Racing Club if the company intends to outsource to smaller companies.

The review also recommended a clear way for students and teachers to complain about the quality of training, and new laws to introduce a new code of conduct allowing “disciplinary action as prescribed by law” for violations. .

He also addressed the problem of precarious work, targeting the practice of independent contracts.

“Workers are not entitled to minimum wage rates, they do not have access to leave (including sick leave), the nature of their work is sporadic and often assigned on very short notice, and their only control over their working conditions is to accept or not to accept the job, ”he said.

He said the government should introduce more stringent controls so that prime contractors are required to be transparent about subcontracting agreements, and clients must agree to subcontracting.

“Other controls to consider could include the requirement for the client to agree in writing and all parties to keep clear and up-to-date employment records and work logs, and to introduce penalties for non-compliance, ”he said.

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