Security Services Industry Award Guide [MA000016]

Security Services Industry Award Guide [MA000016]

Table of content

  1. What is the Security Services Industry Award?
  2. Who is covered by the Security Services Industry Award?
  3. How are the hours of work arranged in the Security Services Industry Award?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in Security Services Industry Award
  5. How is the leave managed in the Security Services Industry Award?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the security services industry award guide. For more information on this award, please refer to the security services industry award.

What is the Security Services Industry Award?

The Security Services Industry Award is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the security services industry in Australia.

The award sets out the minimum wage rates, working hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave, and other entitlements for employees working in various roles within the security services industry, such as security guards,crowd controllers and loss prevention officers.The award is designed to ensure that employees of the security services industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is covered by the Security Services Industry Award?

Coverage

The Security Award covers employers in the security services industry and their employees who fit within the classifications of the award.

The Security Award also covers labour hire and group training businesses and their employees who are placed with an organisation in the security services industry.

The security services industry means:

  • patrolling, protecting, screening, watching or guarding people and/or property (including cash and other valuables) by physical or electronic means
  • crowd, event or venue control through physical or electronic means
  • body guarding or close personal protection services
  • traffic control associated with the above activities
  • operating a security control room or monitoring centre
  • loss prevention.

Note: ‘Physical means’ can include the use of patrol dogs or the possession or use of a firearm.

Examples of employees covered by the Security Award include:

  • security guards
  • crowd controllers
  • loss prevention officers.

Employers and employees in the following industries or activities are not covered by the Security Award:

  • cash-in-transit (unless this is only a minor or incidental part of an employee’s duties)
  • operating prisons, correctional or other detention facilities
  • installing, maintaining or repairing electronic alarms and/or monitoring systems
  • installing, maintaining, repairing or replenishing ATMs
  • security employees employed by an employer not in the security industry eg. an employer who operates a retail business.

How are the hours of work arranged in the Security Services Industry Award?

Ordinary hours of work

A full time employee must work 38 ordinary hours per week or an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a roster cycle of between 2 and 8 weeks.

If the employer chooses to operate a roster, the average of 38 ordinary hours per week required for full-time employment may be worked in any of the following ways at the discretion of the employer:

  • 76 hours over a roster cycle of up to 2 weeks; or
  • 114 hours over a roster cycle of up to 3 weeks; or
  • 152 hours over a roster cycle of up to 4 weeks; or
  •  304 hours over a roster cycle of up to 8 weeks.

Breaks

Hours worked per shift

Breaks

4 or more but less than 8

  • Paid rest break or breaks of 10 minutes in total

8 or more but less than 10

  • Paid rest break or breaks of 20 minutes in total (to be taken, if reasonably practicable, after the first 4 hours of work and within the first 5 hours of work)

10 or more but less than 12

  • Paid rest break or breaks of 25 minutes in total (to be taken, if reasonably practicable, after the first 4 hours of work and within the first 5 hours of work)

12 or more

  • Paid rest break or breaks of 30 minutes in total (to be taken, if reasonably practicable, after the first 4 hours of work and within the first 5 hours of work)

How are wages and allowances calculated in Security Services Industry Award

Minimum rates

Employee Classification

Minimum weekly rate(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

$ $
Security Officer Level 1 960.20

25.27

Security Officer Level 2

987.70 25.99

Security Officer Level 3

1004.40 26.43
Security Officer Level 4 1021.20

26.87

Security Officer Level 5 1054.10

27.74

Overtime rates

For overtime worked on

Overtime rate

(% of minimum hourly rate)

Monday to Saturday—first 2 hours

150%
Monday to Saturday—after 2 hours

200%

Sunday—all day

200%
Public holiday—all day

250%

Allowance

Allowances 

Rate

Aviation allowance

$1.88 per hour

Broken shift allowance

$16.27 per broken shift

First aid allowance

$6.83 per shift up to a maximum of $33.95 per week
Firearm allowance

$3.41 per shift with a maximum of $17.07 per week

Meal allowance

$19.45 per meal

Relieving officer allowance

$41.98 per week

Supervision allowance – supervision of 1-5 employees

$42.39 per week
Supervision allowance – supervision of 6-10 employees

$48.91 per week

Supervision allowance – supervision of 11-20 employees

$63.48 per week

Supervision allowance – supervision of over 20 employees

$74.93 per week

Uniform reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of the uniform
Vehicle allowance – motor vehicle

$0.95 per km

Vehicle allowance – motorcycle

$0.32 per km

How is the leave managed in the Security Services Industry Award?

In the security services industry, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

Annual leave is provided for in the NES. It does not apply to casual employees.

Additional paid annual leave for certain shiftworkers

  • works a roster and who, over the roster cycle, may be rostered to work an ordinary shift on any day of the week; and
  • is regularly rostered to work on Sundays and public holidays.
  • The employee is a shiftworker for the purposes of the NES (entitlement to an additional week of paid annual leave).

Public holidays

Public holidays are provided for in the  NES.

Substitution of public holidays by agreement

  •  An employer and employee may agree to substitute another day for a day that would otherwise be a public holiday under the NES.
  •   An employer and employee may agree to substitute another part-day for a part-day that would otherwise be a part-day public holiday under the NES.

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