Security Industry

From 1 January 2013 security workers in the ACT are able to keep accruing long service leave entitlements, even if they move between employers in the security industry, through the portable long service leave scheme.

Similar schemes already operate in the ACT for the building and construction, contract cleaning and community services industries. These allow a greater number of workers to be eligible for long service leave in circumstances where most workers move between employers as contracts change. The ACT Long Service Leave Authority (the Authority) manages the scheme as well as those portable schemes already in place.

Security industry employers need to register with the Authority from 1 January 2013 if they are covered by this scheme. It applies to everyone with a business that provides one or more of the following licensed services (Services that require a license under s. 13(1)(a)-(h) of the Security Industry Act 2003 (ACT). Other services under section 13 that require a licence are not covered by the Scheme.)

  • patrol, guard, watch or protect property (including cash in transit);
  • guard with a firearm for cash in transit;
  • guard with a firearm for protecting property;
  • act as a monitoring centre operator;
  • guard with a dog;
  • act as a bodyguard;
  • act as a security consultant; or
  • act as a crowd controller.

When registering with the Authority you will need to also register your workers who are eligible to enter the scheme, provide quarterly reports to the Authority and keep certain records. The Scheme is funded by a levy set at 1.07% of ordinary wages, and you need to pay this levy each quarter. Effective from 1 April 2018 the employer contribution levy was reduced to 1.07%.

If you have any questions about the administration of the scheme please contact the Authority on 02 6247 3900.

Email: security@actleave.act.gov.au

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