Who is covered?
The following workers are covered under the scheme:
- workers (employees and contractors) directly performing relevant work as defined below; and
- working directors.
A worker can be an employee (e.g. working for salary or wages) or a contractor. Employees can be full time, part time or casual. This includes workers on a visa that allows them to work in Australia.
A key difference between employees and contractors is that employers must record service for their employees, while contractors and working directors have a choice on whether or not to record service for themselves.
A worker is considered to perform relevant work if the worker does 1 or more of the security activities defined under section 7(1)(a) to (h) in the Security Industry Act 2003.
These activities are:
- patrolling, guarding, watching or protecting property (including cash in transit);
- guarding with a firearm for cash in transit;
- guarding with a firearm for protecting property;
- acting as a monitoring centre operator;
- guarding with a dog;
- acting as a bodyguard;
- acting as a security consultant; and
- acting as a crowd controller.
If in doubt, please contact the Authority for clarification.
Who is not covered?
Office workers and workers not performing relevant work as defined above.