Meetings News

Agenda for Joint Security Seminar – 9 November Released

The Agenda for the Joint Security Seminar 9 November 2017 is now available

It is being held at the Realm Hotel in Barton from 9am.

Security Professionals Australasia flyer and registration instructions


Victorian Government reviewing Private Security Industry Regulations

Have your say before 21 May

The Victorian Government is reviewing its private security regulations to see whether it is “well-targeted, effective and appropriate, and impose the lowest possible burden on Victorian businesses, individuals and the community”.

You can read the draft regulations here

What do you think?

  • Have the regulations worked to improve the security industry?
  • Is there something that can be done better?
  • What is the effect on small business?
  • Does the regulation promote better practice and innovation?
  • Does the regulation affect the security market?

You can have your say until 21 May. As with all consultations, you forfeit your moral right to complain later if you don’t say anything now! 😉      Take the time to comment directly at:                       


Our thanks to Don Williams for making us aware of this news. His website is 



SPR-A Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of the SPR-A Newsletter.

My apologies for the length of time since the last communication, 2015 was an extremely busy period for the Registry that saw many positive changes being implemented.

This newsletter will provide an update on the current status of the SPR-A, as well other related information.

Merger of the ACSP and SPR-A into SPA

As you will no doubt be aware, during 2015 the Security Professional Registry of Australasia (“SPR-A”) and the Australian Council of Security Professionals (“the Council”) merged to form the Security Professionals Australasia Ltd (“SPA”). In this merger, the Council has ceased to exist as a separate organisation, having been entirely absorbed into the SPA. The SPR-A has also been absorbed into the SPA, but has kept a separate and independent identity. This ‘independence’ is essential as the Registry and its processes must be independent of the SPA, particularly in relation to decisions about registration and the setting of competencies.

The SPA Ltd was established in February 2015 and the SPA held its first AGM in November. In the interim, a new Constitution for the SPA had to be drafted as well as documents for the transfer of assets. The Constitution was adopted at the AGM and an interim SPA Board comprising Jason Brown, Alex Webling, Matthew Curtis and myself was confirmed. The constitution ensures that the SPR-A registrar will always be a member of the Board.

The Constitution of the SPA requires there be no less than six members of the Board and no more than nine. At present we have received expressions of interest from a number of existing organisations with a focus on security as well as Universities and other tertiary educational institutions who provide courses and programs that enhance the knowledge and professionalism of security service providers.

As registered Security Professionals you are automatically voting members of SPA.  At the end of this newsletter I have set out information about the SPA, including its Charter. If you do not wish to be a voting member of the SPA please write to asking to be removed from SPA membership. This will not affect your Registration.

The Registry

The SPR-A presently has 40 Registered Security Professionals, and we are actively engaged in increasing that number as well as attracting new associate members.

The restructure, which sees the SPR-A as independent of the SPA will enable the Registry to engage with the Professional Standards Councils ( )  in the process of establishing a scheme under their legislation which will ultimately have direct benefits to Registered Security Professionals.  A scheme will place us at the same level as other recognised professions. It will enable better deals for professional indemnity insurance and will support claims of professionalism when dealing with clients.

This year we intend to push the benefits of registration to both practitioners (‘proving your capabilities and qualifications’) and to clients (‘why wouldn’t you use a Registered Security Professional’).  I would welcome any ideas, suggestions and feedback on the Registry, the registration process and how we can best present ourselves to the public and private sectors.  I encourage you to promote registration to those who you think may meet the criteria and to those who need professional services.

Speaking of which, I am comfortable that the peer review process is working.  We have yet to reject an application, reflecting the quality of the applicants, but a few have been asked to provide additional information and not all sub-disciplines sought have been granted.  If you do gain additional skills we are always be willing to consider requests to add sub-disciplines to a Registration.

With Jason Brown having taken up the Chair of SPA the position of Deputy Registrar is currently open.  I welcome expressions of interest prior to 31 March 2016 to

Some of our early registrants are reaching their three year renewal period.  While recognising that the last couple of years have been quiet I can assure you that your support in the early days has been greatly appreciated and that the future is both positive and exciting.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Mark AM

Steve Mark



The Security Professionals Australasia Ltd (“SPA”)

The merging of the Council and the SPR-A was a tremendous feat. After lengthy discussions throughout 2014, an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Council and the Registry was held on 27/2/2015. At that meeting it was formally agreed that both the Council and the Registry, as separate independent entities, would merge to create the SPA, and both organisations would transfer their assets to the new entity.

The SPA Ltd was established on the 24/02/2015 however it wasn’t until the 05/11/2015 that the SPA held its first AGM. This was because a new Constitution for the SPA had to be drafted as well as documents for the transfer of assets. The Constitution was adopted at the November 2015 AGM and an interim SPA Board comprising Jason Brown, Alex Webling, Matthew Curtis and myself was confirmed. My role on the SPA Board was a result of a provision in the SPA Constitution that the Registrar of the SPR-A be a permanent member of the SPA Board.

The Constitution of the SPA requires there be no less than six members and no more than nine. At present we have received expressions of interest from a number of existing organisations with a focus on security as well as Universities and other tertiary educational institutions who provide courses and programs that enhance the knowledge and professionalism of security service providers.


As the peak regulatory body, Security Professionals Australasia sets be highest professional standards for security practitioners and promotes their vocation to serve and sustain the security of the community.

Purpose and Goals

In pursuit of this vision the SPA:

  • Supports the development of professionalism in the field of security
  • Leads debate and thought on matters relevant to the security of the day, to security as a discipline, and to professional issues such as ethics, professional standards, knowledge and education
  • Presents the voice and thought leader of the profession, and its advocate in government, business and the wider community
  • Defines and maintains competencies appropriate to the range of security services
  • Provides a world-class registration system and maintains a transparent register of practitioners who meet the high ethical and professional standards that it sets
  • Encourages the development of professional security career paths and provides the mechanism to achieve this and
  • Works to ensure the sustainability of these arrangements.
  • To achieve this, over the next five years SPA will:
  • Complete the body of work necessary to attain formal status as a profession covered by a Professional Standards Council (PSC) Scheme, and deliver the benefits to participating members that this entails
  • Work with government and international and national standards to grow the recognition of the Profession in employment, procurement and other key decision making
  • Grow the number of registered security professionals by at 25% in 2015 and by 20% in each of the following 5 years
  • Achieve recognition across the wider community by 2020 as the peak organisation for security professionals in Australasia through implementation of an effective marketing strategy, continuing to engage with government national and international standards organisations to ensure ongoing relevance and compatibility, and to engage with the Professional Standards Council to develop and present a scheme for recognition and approval.


As a ‘federated’ body, the Board, Committee and Membership of SPA will be inclusive of the profession, and will, in particular include the key organisations including ASIS, ISACA and ASIAL.  The registry function and the position of the Registrar are necessarily independent, although the Registrar is a member of the SPA Board.


(a)   Individuals – there are four categories of Individual Membership.

  • Registered Security Professionals – these members are made of up those who have become registered, and would ultimately be covered by a Professional Standards Council (PSC) Scheme;
  • Enrolled Security Practitioners – these members include those who had registered in the ‘second tier’ of the Registry process, and any others the Board considered appropriate. They would not however be covered by the PSC.
  • Ordinary Members – these members would include those who work in the security industry including management of security companies (e.g.: some of the existing Council members), and also including academics with specialties in the security space.
  • Associate Members – these members would include students studying security related topics for appropriate security degrees.

(b)  Associate Entities and Sponsors – entities whose purpose, code of conduct and principles are consistent with SPA may be endorsed as Associate Entities.  These entities are typically companies that operate within the security domain, for example security advisory service providers, enterprise security advisory divisions within companies, or technology or manpower companies.

The Benefits of Membership

Security Professionals, and those seeking to be recognised as such, for the first time are able to have their skills, qualifications, experience and attributes assessed, recognised and registered.  This is a powerful enabler for professionalising the industry and a substantial public benefit – registering security practitioners against established competencies and ethical standards enhances their ability to meet their primary duty to the community and to maintain recognised professional standards.

The benefits of a nationally consistent registration process for Security Professionals that incorporates a robust ‘fit and proper’ test are many and are not limited to the following:

(1)  Procurement

The new arrangements for the first time provide a means for the validation of claims regarding professional standards and competencies made by organisations and individuals tendering to provide services. The various licencing regimes that exist in some State and Territory jurisdictions do not provide this.

This will be a very substantial benefit in government and private sector procurement decision making.  The Council is seeing examples of this emerging in Commonwealth procurement and is of the view that it is entirely appropriate for such preferences to be encouraged in all Government procurement.

(2)  Employment

Mobility of Security Professionals within government and between sectors is also served by the ability of employment decision making processes to validate claims regarding professional standards and competencies.

Again, this has been difficult in the past and decision making processes in this regard can only benefit from the new arrangements.

 (3)  Free Flow of Skills and Experience

A nationally recognised means of recognising the competency and professional standards of practitioners will promote a deeper understanding of the essential nature of security services within the community and will enhance ‘cross border flows ‘ of skills and experience across the security domain.

 (4)  Professionalism and a Body of Knowledge

SPA provides thought leadership and policy in key areas, including education, certification and continuing professional development, professional conduct, and national and international standards.  Input and policy development regarding these matters are provided for the greater good and, in particular, in support of the work of the Registry in its registration decision making.

These critical areas of work will enable the Security Profession as a group to align itself more closely with the public good and the needs of the community.

Advisory Boards

The SPA has established the following Advisory Boards:

·      Education and Certification

·      Government Relations,

·      National and International Standards, and

·      Ethics and Behavioural Standards.

Through these Boards SPA has initiated a range of projects, including:

·      Identification of the courses (specifically tertiary-level) delivering security-specific and security-related qualifications and determining if there is a requirement to develop additional qualifications and courses to meet the needs of the security profession and the broader community.

·      Compilation of security-specific and security-related standards to identify gaps in standards and make recommendations.

·      Identify and discuss with relevant government and other agencies the role of security in disaster planning and response.

Action Going Forward

The new arrangements are a powerful step towards cementing professional standards within a critically important profession.

Further details about the SPA can be found on the SPA website at:



Meetings News

Security Seminar 5 November Agenda Released

The agenda for the 2015 SPA Security Seminar on 5 November at ANU House, ACT has been released.

We have organised an additional ten places so please get in your acceptances for the seminar if you have not done so already.  Note, we now have confirmed presentations covering off the espionage, criminal and terrorist radicalisation threats as well as the cyber security focus so it should be a good afternoon.

There is no cost, but you need to be registeredThe attached flyer tells all you need to know about timings and registration

The agenda SPA SecSeminar 5.11.2015 has more details about the afternoon


Australasian Security Industry Professionalisation – Just Published

Just Published: The November/December edition of Security Solutions Magazine contains an article on Security Professionalisation in Australasia by SPA member Alex Webling.

Security Solutions is available at


Meetings News

Security Professionals Australasia – Inaugural AGM 5 Nov 2015

Dear Colleagues,

 I wish to provide formal notification of the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Security Professionals Australasia.  It will be held at University House, Australian National University, at 1000 am on 5 November 2015 and is expected to finish by 1130 am.  The agenda and other documents of interest are at the bottom of this post.

 I draw to your attention that there will be an election for the Executive Directors of the Board prior to the event and, if all positions are not nominated, nominations may also be taken from the floor.  A nomination form is attached and can be lodged in accordance with the draft constitution, extract below.  Nominations are to be sent to Returning officer, Winston Bucknall, at and to the records area at the Registry .  You are required to submit any nominations within 10 days of 5 November 2015. 

1.           Procedures for election of Directors

1.1 Apart from the initial Directors referred to in clause 39 and directors appointed under clause 25 the members may elect a director by a resolution passed in a general meeting.

1.2 At least 30 days prior to the AGM, the Secretary will, by written notice to all Members, call for nominations to the Board.

1.3 A nomination for the position of Director must be in writing and must be signed by the Member making the nomination and accompanied by a written consent of the nominee.  The Secretary may prepare and provide pro-forma template nomination and consent forms.

1.4 A nomination for the position of Director must be actually received by the Company before 5pm on the date that is 20 days prior to the AGM.  A nomination may be delivered to the Company by:

(a)       hand delivery or courier;

(b)      facsimile; or

(c)       PREFERRED an attachment to an email as a pdf. file or other format that cannot be edited or amended

1.5 The Secretary must promptly, and in all events not later than the date that is 20 days prior to the AGM:

(a)       place details of all valid nominations on the Company website; and

(b)      send all Members a postal ballot form, including “how to vote” instructions for the postal vote and, if so determined by the Board if voting is electronically available, how to exercise an electronic vote. 

1.6 Members may vote for up to 5 of the nominees included in the ballot by placing an “x” in the box alongside a candidate’s name.  For the avoidance of doubt, candidates may vote for themselves.

 All current Registrants and members of the Australasian Council of Security Professionals and the Registry are eligible to vote.  Under the constitution all Registrants, Council and Registry Members are automatically members of SPA on receipt of their confirmation of interest in response to this email or at a later date as they may request.

As a member you may wish to nominate a proxy should you not be able to attend.  Below are the requirements for proxy.  The completed form may be saved as a PDF and passed to me, as current chair, or to Winston Bucknall, the returning officer.

2.           Form of Proxy or attorney

2.1 An instrument appointing a proxy or attorney must be in writing signed by the Member, its Representative or by a duly appointed attorney of the Member.  If the appointer is a Corporation, the instrument may be under its common seal or the hand of a director or of its duly authorised attorney or in a manner permitted by the Act.

2.2 A facsimile of a written appointment of a proxy or a power of attorney is valid, unless the notice of meeting of the Company’s Members to which the appointment relates requires production of the written appointment at the meeting and that requirement is not complied with.

2.3 Every instrument appointing a proxy or attorney whether for a specified meeting or otherwise must comply with the requirements of:

(a)       the Act; and

(b)      this Constitution,

and otherwise shall be in such form as the Board may prescribe or accept.

2.4 Subject to the Act, a decision of the Board or of the Chairperson as to the validity of a proxy or power of attorney or a facsimile thereof will be final and binding.

 Following the AGM the annual Security Seminar will be held at the same venue from 1300 -1700 with a function to follow from 1700 -1900 hours. All members are welcome.

SPA Constitution 2015 11 05

SPA AGM Nomination form 20151105

SPA AGM Agenda 20151105

SPA AGM Resolution form 20151105

SPA AGM Proxy Form 20151105


SPA Annual Security Seminar – 5 November – for your diary

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As in previous years we will be holding the annual Security Seminar at the University House, ANU.  The seminar will be from 1300 to 1700 hrs on 5 November with the function to follow through to 1900hrs.

We are putting together the program which will review the year past and the year to come, in terms of key security issues with a particular focus on the changing face of cyber threats, the pathways to radicalisation and criminal threat to business. The seminar is free of charge but limited to 100 participants.

Put a place holder in your diary now and the call for registration will be out by the end of the month.

 For those who are currently registered with the Security Professionals’ Registry there will be a general meeting for the Security Professionals Australasia (SPA) in the morning.  Further notification will be sent out to Registered Professionals and those who have filled in expressions of interest for engaging with the SPA.



Interested in becoming more involved with SPA?

Are you interested in becoming more involved with SPA. Here’s a form to express yourself


SPA to present at SIG 2015 conference

SPA at the Security In Government Conference on Wednesday 2 September

The presentation at SIG 2015 – “Security standards and professionalism in the industry” will be given jointly by  Security Professional’s Australasia directors Matthew Curtis, Steve Mark and Alex Webling, with a video cameo by Jason Brown.

Matthew Curtis
Alex Webling
Steve Mark
Steve Mark


The presentation will provide an update on the efforts to expand the Security Professional’s Registry and merge the ACSP and SPR-A into the SPA.

SIG is held each year in Canberra in August / September and is the premier opportunity for the security industry and government to come together and talk about key issues in protective security.

This year the SIG theme is Security risk management – getting it right! . The conference will be held between Monday 31 August and Wednesday 2 September at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

More information about SIG can be found at the Attorney-General’s Department site



Minutes from ACSP / SPR-A meeting 19 June

Minutes from the meeting of 19 June held by the Australasian Council of Security Professionals (ACSP) and Security Professionals Registry – Australasia confirming resolutions to join into one organisation


SPA – ACSP SPR-A Extraordinary General Meeting 19.6.15