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Reform of regulation of the private security industry.



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THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP ATTORNEY GENERAL SENATOR THE HON CHRIS ELLISON MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CUSTOMS MANAGER OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS IN THE SENATE

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

E116/06 17/11/06

Reform of Regulation of the Private Security Industry

The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, and the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said today that endorsement by the Australasian Police Ministers Council meeting in Adelaide of a report dealing with the recent review of the private security industry was an important step forward in bringing about long-needed national reforms.

The Review made 32 recommendations which would lead to the harmonisation of regulation for the security industry across Australia.

“Reform of regulation of the industry will also increase the national capacity of the private security industry to respond to surges in demand caused by a change in the national security threat level,” Mr Ruddock said.

This can be achieved by providing access to the national pool of skilled security staff through mutual recognition of licenses and improving the short and long-term mobility between jurisdictions and by mutual recognition of business licenses.

Senator Ellison said ‘The recommended reforms will improve the reliability, trustworthiness, competencies and skills of security guards.”

Police Ministers agreed to brief their governments on the importance of developing uniform national probity and professional competence standards and the mutual recognition of security licenses.

The Review Report will be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments for its endorsement.

Media contact: Michael Pelly (Mr Ruddock) 02 6277 7300 / 0419 278 715 Matt Francis (Senator Ellison) 02 6277 7260 / 0406 052 038