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Website Refresh

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In preparation for the new Security Professionals Australiasia, I’m refreshing the website.

The content is all here, it will look a bit different and should also be more mobile friendly than its predecessor.

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Security Professionals Australasia – (SPA) Update

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Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this message is to advise you all of progress towards standing up Security Professionals Australasia (SPA).  The entity has been established as a company limited by guarantee, and the SPA Working Group created out of the last Council and Registry AGMs has advanced key concepts in relation to membership, structure, governance etc. that will be imported into a draft constitution for approval by Members.  Joint Council and Registry EGMs will be called for this purpose – we are aiming for May or June.  We were hoping for earlier, but there has been too much to do.  The key purpose of the EGMs will be to wind up the Council and Registry through votes on a series resolutions that will give effect to our members becoming members of SPA.  The papers and resolutions will be circulated 21 days prior to the EGMs.  I will come out to Members again regarding timings and mechanics in the next month, and with significant developments as necessary.

Following are the key principles that have been agreed so far by the SPA Working Group.  They have also been agreed to by the ACSP Committee.


SPA will have ‘individual’, ‘organisational’ and ‘associate’ members.

Individual Members

Individual Members have voting rights and include:

  • Registered Security Professionals (currently 34)
  • Members of the Registry, subject to acceptance of invitation to transfer membership to SPA (currently 12 – Annex 1)
  • Individual Council Members, subject to acceptance of invitation to transfer membership to SPA (currently 11 – Annex 1)

Total – 48 (five Council members and four Registry members are RSecPs)

Organisational Members

Organisational Members have voting rights and include:

  • ACSP Organisational and Educational Organisational Members – subject to acceptance of invitation (currently 10 – Annex 1)
  • Associated Entities of the Registry – subject to acceptance of invitation (currently 1)

Total – 11

Organisational Members represent:

  • Security-related professional associations, institutions or similar organisations or
  • Academic, educational or research organisations.

Organisational members are to nominate an individual as a representative.  The nominated individual must have the authority to speak on behalf of the Organisation at in SPA business and meetings.

Associate Members

Associate Members do not have voting rights and include:

  • Enrolled Security Practitioners
  • Individual members of Organisational Members.  Nominal annual fee of $50 for inclusion in newsletters, events and consultation on professional issues, as well as a discounted fee for RSecP or ESP registration

Total – Nil, but potentially substantial

Associate Members represent entities, firms, or organisations that support and accept SPA Principles, Code of Ethical Conduct and Behaviours, and that demonstrate a culture consistent with the objectives of SPA.


SPA has a Patron.  This is an honorary position with no voting rights or executive functions.


Board and Structure

Members with voting rights will elect the Board and Office Holders.  The Board will run the business of the organisation and create roles (including a CEO) and Committees, and make appointments as needs require.


An Interim Board will be elected at the forthcoming EGM, and will continue the work of refining the SPA constitution, including organisational and Board structure.  A permanent Board structure (and corresponding membership) will be formalised at a subsequent election.  Thereafter the Board will be re-elected at AGMs.

Interim Board

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • New Zealand Representative
  • Registrar / Head Registry function
  • Head ‘Policy’ function.

Indicative Ongoing Board (under discussion)

Executive Directors

  • Chair
  • Vice-chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • New Zealand Representative (who could also fill one of the above roles).

Non-Executive Directors (under discussion)

The constitution need only allow for Non-Executive Directors without specifying who, or which organisations.  Nonetheless, provision should be made for people in these roles to be elected as Executive Directors.  On current thinking the Board needs to include the following in a non-executive capacity:

  • ASIS
  • NZSA
  • Key tertiary bodies.


An appropriately senior Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department representative.


Committee Structure

Policy Committees

Committees to be appointed by the Board as needed.

  • Ethics and Behavioural Standards
  • Government and Media
  • Security Professionals Education and Certification
  • National and International Standards
  • Membership
  • Finance, Marketing and Administration.

Registration Committees

All membership and positions to be appointed by the Board:

  • The Registry
  • Registry Policy and Process.


Feel free to comment and make suggestions.



Congratulations to Jason Brown and Alex Webling – Security Standards Committee

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Jason Brown has been appointed Chair of Committee and Head of Delegation to the security standards committee ISO TC292 and the Australian Standards Mirror Committee MB-025

Alex Webling has also been appointed to the same committees and will be part of of the Australian delegation attending the meetings in Morioka, Japan in Mid March 2015.

Jason is the Immediate Past President of the ACSP  and Alex is the current Treasurer.

The Technical Committee will have the following provisional title and scope:

Title: Security

Scope: Standardization in the field of security, including but not limited to generate security management, business continuity management, resilience and emergency management, fraud countermeasures and controls, security services, homeland security.
Excluded: Sector specific security projects developed in other relevant ISO committees and standards developed in ISO/TC 262 and ISO/PC 278.
The temporary structure covers the following areas;

ISO/TC 223/WG 1 – Framework standard on societal security management
ISO/TC 223/WG 2 – Terminology
ISO/TC 223/WG 3 – Emergency management
ISO/TC 223/WG 4 – Resilience and continuity
ISO/TC 223/WG 6 – Mass evacuation
ISO/TC 223/AHG – Professional development
ISO/TC 223/AHG – Information exchange
ISO/TC 223/AHG – Continuity management
ISO/TC 223/AHG – Revision of ISO 22320
ISO/TC 223 TF – Task force on strategic dialogue
ISO/TC 223/AHG 4 – Communication group
ISO/TC 223 DCCG, Developing countries contact group
ISO/TC 247/WG 1 – MSS for security assurance
ISO/TC 247/WG 2 – Terminology
ISO/TC 247/WG 3 – Guidelines for interoperable object and related authentication systems to deter
counterfeiting and illicit trade
ISO/TC 247/WG 4 – Product Fraud Countermeasures and Controls
ISO/TC 247/WG 5 – Document Fraud Countermeasures and Controls
ISO/PC 284/WG 1 – Management system for private security operations – Requirements with guidance

Alex can be contacted via his company Resilience Outcomes Australia –

ACSP Chair to co-chair SECUREaustralia in March 2015

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Message from ACSP Chair, Matthew Curtis


Dear Council Members and Members of Represented Organisations,


I have accepted an invitation to co-chair SECUREaustralia 2015, which will run 25-27 March in Sydney. The Australasian Council of Security Professionals and the Security Professionals Registry—Australasia are both supporting the event as ‘supporting partners’.


This event has occurred annually for some years with varying areas of focus. This year’s theme relates to counter-terrorism and what enterprises (particularly in the private sector) not only should do, but can do, in relation to appreciating and responding to risk in this changing context. It goes to some of the key issues current issues in security governance and management – organisational resilience, intelligence-based risk and risk response, what these issues mean at the enterprise level – and is clearly very timely, given the growing strategic vulnerability of our private sector. The speakers include a range of specialists regarding defining practicable ways forward. In other words, this will not simply be a high-level discussion of threat and risk, and the role of government. It is for these reasons that I agreed to be one of two co-chairs.


I have attached some material from the organisers, and would suggest that for us all – as security professionals, as members of the Council (the professional body), or as members of organisations that are represented on the Council, the conference represents substantial benefit. A discount also applies, as detailed in the attachment.


Yours faithfully,



Matthew Curtis



17 February 2015


SECUREaustralia 2015


Emerging terrorist and cyber attacks will continue to challenge Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing. As cyber threats become increasingly sophisticated and terrorist threats increasingly targeted, these incidents are having significant and direct impacts on organisations.


However, properly assessing the security risks specific to your organisation can help to minimise your vulnerability to threats. SECUREaustralia 2015, being held 25-27 March in a closed session at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney, examines the implications of the raising of Australia’s threat alert level and delves into real cases of crisis that security professionals need to be aware of in order to effectively protect people, operations and assets within their own organisations.


With the latest updates from the Business Liaison Unit of ASIO and the Australian Crime Commission and first-hand knowledge of security best practices from leading organisations such as: Westpac; QGC– BG Group; Sydney Opera House; Johnson & Johnson; GlaxoSmithKline; Sydney Water, Qantas, Transport for NSW, Telstra and more, SECUREaustralia 2015 attendees will be in a frontline position to:


  • Receive a comprehensive analysis of incidents to date, to identify the common themes which can help you to manage the risks of terrorist attacks to your organisation
  • Learn how to build strong partnerships with agencies and community groups and identify the key role you play in terrorism prevention and preparedness
  • Identify the security gaps for your organisation – and get better at gathering information from the right sources to guide your strategy and operations.
  • Prepare for the threat of cyber-terrorism, hijacking of your business website by terrorists, and intellectual property theft and learn how to equip employees at every level of your organisation
  • Learn how to best guarantee the safety and resilience of your critical physical and information assets and networks.


Conference brochures are available at


Hear from key security experts including:

  • Luke Bencie, Managing Director, Security Management International, USA
  • Dr. John Moss, National Manager – Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission
  • Ian McKenzie, Former Director, Australian Signals Directorate
  • Clare Birgin, Director, Counter Terrorism Operations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia and New Zealand
  • Richard Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer, Westpac
  • Pablo Diez del Corral, Global Director, Enterprise Security & Risk Management, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jock O’Hogan, Group Risk and Security Manager, Asciano
  • Katarina Carroll, Assistant Commissioner Program Executive – G20 Group, Queensland Police
  • Sean Haran, National Security Manager, Star Track
  • Anthony Hall, Detective Inspector – National Coordinator Serious & Organised Crime, Australian Federal Police
  • Ajoy Ghosh, General Manager, Security & Risk Transport for NSW
  • Duncan Price, Principal Security Advisor, QGC – A BG Group Business
  • Dai Hockaday, Business Continuity Manager, Sydney Water
  • Andrew Dick, General Manager – Enterprise Resilience & Security, Telstra
  • James Argent, Business Continuity Manager, Sydney Opera House


Filled with detailed cases of crime, theft of trade secrets, risk factors, and best practices, SECUREaustralia 2015 provides the real-world understanding you’ll need to conduct better-informed security management that will lead to improving your organisational resilience to terrorism and critical security breaches.


Book before 20 February to save up to $500! You can register online at call the booking hotline on 02 9977 0565.

Get the most value out of your experience by attending one of the two separately bookable in-depth learning sessions on 27 March:

  • Session A: Red Teaming alternate reality testing – learn to test your organisation’s defences to get a more realistic picture of its security readiness
  • Session B: Corporate Security and Integrated Risk Management – how to identify risks and prioritise threats in line with their business impact


Members of ACSP will receive a 10% discount. Quote discount code “ASSN” when registering.