Victoria’s private security system is under review

Victoria’s ailing private security industry will be radically overhauled in an effort to protect the public and improve conditions for thousands of poorly paid and ill-trained workers.

The changes, stemming from a review announced by Premier Daniel Andrews ahead of the last election, will force the industry to agree to a binding code of conduct, tough training rules and a simpler licensing regime.

The private security industry in Victoria is facing a major overhaul after a series of concerns over insufficient training provided to staff. Credit:Michael clayton jones

A new hotline and website will also be created to handle complaints, while employers will face stricter rules to prevent them from shirking their responsibilities in the workplace and underpaying workers by the employer. through subcontracting and fictitious contracts.

The report follows a litany of concerns about the industry, including the use of excessive force, the inappropriate use of security cameras, unsafe working conditions, links to criminal gangs and bogus or quality training. lower.

It also follows the use of private security guards to help run Victoria’s 2020 hotel quarantine program – a move blamed for triggering a major coronavirus outbreak that has plunged Melbourne into a prolonged lockdown.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said the government has agreed to adopt all 21 recommendations in the report over the next three years.

“This important review gives us a roadmap to raise industry standards, improve employee and community safety, and ensure workers are paid properly and fairly,” said Ms. Neville.

The review found significant gaps in the training of security personnel, many of whom were employed by labor hire companies without understanding the key requirements of their jobs.

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