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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 440..

LPB is one of Justice Community Safety Directorate's (JACS) business units providing legislation policy advice on Rental Bond related matters. The amount was provided to allow for the review of the Unit Titles Act and Residential Tenancy Act.

(4) ORS is the main administrative unit within JACS managing the Rental Bond function.

Security industry—guard dogs (Question No 1962)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 8 December 2011:

(1) In relation to employees licensed to guard with a dog under section 13(1)(e) of the Security Industry Act 2003, are there any geographic limitations on where dogs can be used; if so, what are those limitations.

(2) Are there any limitations on the purposes for which dogs can be used; if so, what are those limitations.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The licensing and regulatory framework for private security firms using dogs for patrolling is set out in the Security Industry Act 2003.

This Act states that it is an offence to carry out a security activity without a licence to do so. Licences are issued by the Commissioner for Fair Trading in accordance with the eligibility criteria set out in the legislation.

To carry out these security measures, an individual would be required to hold an "employee licence", while their employer would be required to hold a "master licence".

The Security Industry Regulation 2003 sets the qualification requirements for the guard using dogs being a Certificate II in Security Operations, with electives about—

* control and accesses to and exit from premises; and

* operating basic security equipment; and

* patrolling premises; and

* managing dogs for security functions; and

* handling dogs for security patrol.

Those who held an employee licence under the previous statutory regime are able to apply to vary their licence to permit them to guard with a dog, without formal training. If, within two years of the commencement of the current statutory framework, an individual with an employee licence under the previous statutory framework, who used this licence to guard with a dog, applies to have their licence under the current framework varied to allow them to guard with a dog, they will be taken to have obtained experience that is equivalent to satisfactory completion of a training course prescribed by regulation.

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