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May
2015

Terrorism – Declared Overseas Area Offence

The Australian Government has enacted the offence of entering or remaining in a declared area under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (s119.2). This approach is based upon the Australian Government’s concern about Australians who travel to conflict zones and then return to Australia with skills and intentions acquired from fighting or training with terrorist groups.

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Apr
2015

Principles for Effective Protective Security Practice

An effective protective security environment should provide the basis for a safe and secure workplace. It should be aimed at minimising potential risk exposures to physical, personnel and information-related assets. Each workplace needs to have a site-specific strategy as a “one size fits all” approach is inappropriate and actually can increase risk.

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Apr
2015

Violence in Healthcare: Is Anything Changing?

In 2011 the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into Violence and Security Arrangement in Victorian Hospitals was published. A substantial part of the report focused on security in hospitals and that a “one size fits all” approach is inappropriate in minimising security-related risks including the risk of violence.

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9

Apr
2015

Assault on Crowd Controller - Lesson Learned!

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A recent assault on a Melbourne Crowd Controller when attacked from behind highlights an ongoing issue for operational security staff - mobile phones! Pre-licensing training seeks to highlight why use of mobile phones during work creates a safety issue and yet evidence remains that personnel are not adhering to good practices.

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5

Apr
2015

Duress alarms and operational responses

Duress alarm systems, sometimes referred to as panic alarms are utilised in workplaces when the need is identified to protect employees and other staff from risks associated with hazards including personal assault, robbery or other environmental hazards.

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23

Mar
2015

Safe Work Australia Report on Attitudes to Risk

Safe Work Australia recently released a report entitled "Attitudes toward risk taking and rule breaking in Australian workplaces." As many security risks are also safety risks, this report is important for security leaders and risk professionals alike.

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20

Mar
2015

Crime rates and the assessment of risk

A key consideration in security risk assessments is the influence local crime rates might have against operational security risks. This is particularly important in workplaces where there are public-facing staff such as receptionists, customer service officers and other operational workers who might be exposed to aggression and other potentially violent crimes. Risks must also be considered for staff…

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