Page 454 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2012

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1. the firm is not a small business as defined by the Act, in other words, it has an annual turnover equal to or greater than $3,000,000; or

2. the business poses a higher than normal risk to privacy.

The Privacy Act and National Privacy Principles may, in some circumstances, require notice to be given to people under surveillance, and they restrict the use of information collected. However, the restriction placed upon the collector will be removed in instances where the collector of the information holds a reasonable belief that the use or disclosure is reasonably necessary for the prevention, detection, investigation or remedying crimes or other improper conduct.

Industrial relations—security industry

Dr Bourke (in reply to supplementary questions by Ms Bresnan, Ms Hunter and Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 20 October 2011): As the newly appointed Minister for Industrial Relations, I am responding on Ms Gallagher’s behalf. I apologise for the delay in my response.

Relating to Ms Bresnan’s question around reviewing security clearance requirements on security contractors, I am still seeking advice around this matter and will answer the question shortly.

In relation to both Ms Hunter’s and Ms Le Couteur’s supplementary questions above:

This information is sourced from the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL)

Under the new modern award system, there is now one award for each industry, security included. With the security industry modern award all workers covered under other pre modern award awards are now transitioning onto the modern award rate. So for the last 2 July’s the security workers have received a pay rise and will continue to do so for the next 3 Julys up until 2014 when all jurisdictions, including the ACT will be on the same base rate of pay. The transitional arrangement under the modern award, cover 3 areas, rate of pay, penalty rates and casual loading.

By way of example, the current weekly base rate under the modern award for a Level 1 Security Guard is $662.20, hourly $17.43. In the ACT it is currently $643.34 or $16.93. This however is transitioning to the new modern award base rate. Casual loading is transitioning from 15% to 23% over the same period. While Part time workers are losing their loading over the same period. NSW was used as the benchmark for the award process. Victoria is currently $652.46 and $17.17 per hour

ASIAL have also informed me that the all the majors in the ACT pay at least 8% above award. All ACT security firms were audited by ASIAL 3 years ago as a condition of membership and any that were found wanting had to improve their performance or be expelled from ASIAL.

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