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Security Providers Act 1993 – 1 December 2014

Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008 – 21 May 2014

Security Providers Regulation 2008 – 18 December 2015

Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008 – 18 December 2015

Security Providers (Security Officer – Licensed Premises – Code of Practice) Regulation 2008 – 21 May 2014

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A person may apply to the government in the approved form for a licence to carry out the functions of a security provider. A ‘security provider’ is defined in section 4 of this Act to include: bodyguard (further defined in s4A), crowd controller (further defined in s5), private investigator (further defined in s6), security adviser (further defined in s6A), security equipment installer (further defined in s6B), security officer (further defined in s7) and security firm (further defined in s8). Note: To be entitled to a licence, a person may need to have successfully completed an approved training course – see section 11 of the Act for all the preconditions for an application. A licence may be issued for a term of 1 year or 3 years.

  • Sections 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 6A, 6B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 14B, 15, 16, 20, Schedule 2; Regulations 4, 5, 6 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

A person may apply to the government for a temporary permit to carry out in Queensland stated authorised functions (defined as functions authorised under a corresponding authority) for a stated particular event. For information on what is a ‘corresponding authority’, refer to the Schedule 2 dictionary.

  • Sections 3, 31A, 31B, 31C, 31D, 31E, 31F, Schedule 2; Regulation 8 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

When acting as a crowd controller, a licensed crowd controller must wear the prescribed identification in a way that is clearly visible. The prescribed identification is set out in regulation 25 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008. As an introduction to this regulation, the word ‘security’ is to be in capital letters and a number is to be worn at the chest.

  • Section 47; Regulation 25 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

A code of practice for licenced crowd controllers is set out in the Schedule to the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008.

  • Regulation 3, Schedule (provision 3) of the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

When carrying out the functions of a crowd controller, a licensed crowd controller must take reasonable steps to keep order at or about the public place at which the crowd controller is acting as a crowd controller.

  • Schedule (provision 4) of the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

A licenced crowd controller must not consume alcohol or use illegal drugs while on duty, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs when reporting for duty.

  • Schedule (provision 4) of the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

If an incident happens when a person is carrying out the functions of a crowd controller, the incident is to be reported as soon as practicable to the person who has engaged the crowd controller.

  • Schedule (provision 5) of the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

An incorporated association seeking to become an approved security industry association (representing the interests of security providers) must apply in writing to the government for approval. The government may approve a security industry association if the association complies with all the requirements stated in Schedule 1A, part 2 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008.

  • Sections 3, 21A, 25B, Schedule 2; Regulation 12A, Schedule 1A (provisions 2, 3) of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

A liquor licensee must keep a register of persons engaged by the liquor licensee to carry out the functions of a crowd controller.

  • Regulations 16, 17, 18 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

A security firm must keep a register of security providers engaged by the security firm. There is also a requirement to keep a register of crowd controllers where crowd controller services are supplied to licenced premises not required by law to have their own register of crowd controllers.

  • Regulations 20, 21 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

A security provider, in carrying out the security provider’s functions, must not without reasonable excuse wear a chequerboard hat.

  • Regulation 24 of the Security Providers Regulation 2008

Security firms are bound by the code of practice set out in the Schedule to the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008.

  • Regulation 3, Schedule (Code provision 4) of the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Security officers of licenced premises are bound by the code of practice set out in the Schedule to the Security Providers (Security Officer – Licensed Premises – Code of Practice) Regulation 2008.

  • Regulation 3, Schedule (Code provision 4) of the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

When carrying out the functions of a security officer in or about licensed premises, a licensed security officer must take all reasonable steps to prevent violence happening.

  • Schedule (Code provision 5) of the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

A licensed security officer must not consume alcohol or use illegal drugs while on duty, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs when reporting for duty.

  • Schedule (Code provision 5) of the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008
Reason for law

To promote high standards of service, efficiency and ethical behaviour by licensed crowd controllers. (Schedule (Code provision 3) of the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008)

To promote the safety of the community and particular persons engaged by a relevant security firm. (Schedule (Code provision 3) of the Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008)

To promote high standards of service, efficiency and ethical behaviour by security officers. (Schedule (Code provision 3) of the Security Providers (Security Officer – Licensed Premises – Code of Practice) Regulation 2008)

Relevant links

Security Industry [Office of Fair Trading]

Check a licence

List of approved security industry associations

Security industry forms

Critique

Code provision 4(p) of the Schedule to the Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008 should be rethought. Perhaps allow frisk search of either sex by a crowd controller due to the limited availability of female crowd controllers.

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