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  • #SecurityAwards 2017 Judging Panel

    An independent panel chaired by an ASIAL representative will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.

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  • Three ways employers can beat the pay gap

    Want to find out more about the gender pay gap in your organisation’s competitors? Read this guest blog by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). 

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  • 7 member benefits you should be aware of in 2017

    Make the most of your ASIAL Membership in 2017.

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  • Lax lock-ups leave homes at risk

    A Crime Stoppers Australia report has found almost four in ten Australians have experienced a home break-in. The results show that basic home security oversights such as lock and key care is leaving families and their belongings vulnerable to burglars

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  • An update on the super changes

    The Federal Government’s changes to super have now been passed through
    Parliament. Here is an overview of the changes, courtesy of AustralianSuper.

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  • Is your organisation keeping pace with the Risk Revolution?

    In 2016 Aon launched the concept of the Risk Revolution at their Risk Conference, the engagement we received from organisations around Australia indicated that the ever evolving, fast moving pace of risk is something that risk managers are keen to keep on top of moving forward and certainly don’t expect this evolution to slow down any time soon.

    Today we bring you two new pieces of thought leadership from Aon to help your organisation better manage risk in these ever changing times.

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  • Developing the next generation of cyber security professionals

    The Government plans to improve Australia’s cyber security by delivering world-leading cyber education and research. 

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  • Key industry events in 2017 

    There are two must attend events on the security industry calendar for 2017 

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  • G4S Australia & NZ awarded White Ribbon Workplace accreditation

    ASIAL member G4S Australia & New Zealand is proud to announce that it is now a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace. Over the past 18 months, G4S Australia & New Zealand have taken active steps, and driven best practice, to help prevent and respond to violence against women.

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  • Apple, Google and Amazon – creating the building automation market

    Three of the world’s largest firms (over $1 trillion in market cap) are gearing up to battle to gain market share in the devices and software that automate and control buildings.

    For Australia’s security integrators, being aware of the entry of these tech giants is crucial. How can you participate, distribute, integrate with these solutions? What will your smart building solution look like?

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  • Security on the move: Managing site security using a mobile solution

    With more emphasis on industrial duty of care than ever before, it’s now essential for businesses across all industries to actively manage the safety and security of their people and operating environments.  But how does a business achieve this on a temporary site with no infrastructure for traditional hard-wired access control?   

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  • Public holidays and associated rates of pay

    Industrial relations advice regarding Christmas closures, upcoming pubic holidays and associated rates of pay.

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  • Be wary before you be merry

    Decisions of Worker’s Compensation Tribunals and/Industrial Tribunals have, over a period of time, considered that Work Christmas parties and client functions, where employees are expected or compelled to attend are examples of circumstances which may be considered ‘in the course of employment’. Employers should take care minimise any risks arising out of such events.

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  • Cashing Out of Annual Leave

    The Fair Work Commission has recently varied several the Modern Awards to give effect to rules regarding cashing in annual leave, taking leave in advance, payment for annual leave, and how employers can manage employees with large leave balances.

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  • Your brand on a global stage

    We're looking for industry leaders, pioneers of innovation and excellence, and supporters of increased professionalism within the Australian security industry, to sponsor the prestigious 2016 Security Awards.

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  • Transitioning CCTV systems from analogue to IP

    Transitioning CCTV systems from analogue to IP camera technology: How making the change can benefit business.

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  • How costly is a computer security breach?

    A security breach will not only cost your company millions of dollars, but it can also cost you loyal customers. Every day data is stored, moved, and shared through networks at your office. These networks are vulnerable to hackers. It does not matter how large or small your business is, if you have information then attackers will find it. 

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  • Existing Security Best-Practice Can Handle IoT Exposures?

    Not really. Read on to find out more.

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  • What happened to the mobile phone industry will happen in security

    When the ‘24 month phone plan’ became widely available, the adoption of mobile phones in Australia took off like a rocket ship hitting 82% by 2005 (from <40% in 1998. We’re at a similar turning point in the adoption of smart building technologies including automation and energy management, security and control.

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  • Why every security business NEEDS a Safe Workplace Management System

    This article explains how business operators can avoid hefty fines of up to $3 million for non-compliance with the WHS Act 2011.

     

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  • Challenges security contractors face with large projects

    simPRO Software’s Communication Manager, Brad Halcrow provides an insight into the five key challenges that security contractors face when estimating large projects and how to overcome them.

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  • Make sure your employees know the rules

    After the spotlight on the Fair Work Commission and Vice President Lawler’s public admission that he secretly taped phone conversations with his boss about sick leave entitlements, it might be timely for employers to ask themselves a few searching questions.

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  • Locksmiths and licence requirements

    Did you know that generally you must have a security equipment installer licence to install, repair, service or maintain electronic or mechanical locks, regardless of whether they are situated in commercial environments, residential complexes or residential homes?

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  • Simple tips to prepare for silly season

    Courts and Industrial Tribunals have found employers to be liable for the actions of employees in relation to inappropriate conduct (harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, etc.) at work-related events both on site and off site. Here's what you need to consider in the lead up to silly season.

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  • Protecting your company's IP

    Guest blog by ASIAL members, BAE Systems explains that, although there is no single solution to safeguarding IP, some security solutions and products are maturing and simplifying the task of tracking and controlling usage of digital assets.
     

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  • Developing a security plan

    ASIAL member Tony Haddad of Security Advisors shares his 'security plan format' for effective security risk management. 

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  • Five reasons why sponsorship should be part of your marketing strategy

    Sponsorship. It’s the often overlooked, key component to a powerful marketing strategy. Whether you’re a SME or a multinational, here we consider five reasons why sponsorship should be a component of your annual marketing strategy and budget, and provide a couple of tips on how to maximise the return on investment.

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  • New mobile surveillance cameras ensure best first response

    Surveillance has perhaps been the most significant legacy of 9/11. Digitised mobile camera surveillance presents a powerful weapon in counter terrorism and law enforcement, yet this emerging technology remains relatively undiscovered.

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  • Be the first winner of an OSPA in Australia

    Winning a credible industry award is a valuable achievement. We are all familiar with award schemes around the world which promote and share excellence; Pulitzers for writing, Tony awards for Theatre and Nobel for science. Winning in one of these schemes is the ultimate accolade, and winners are recognised worldwide. Until recently, the security industry has had no equivalent, but the Outstanding Performance Awards, the ‘OSPAs’ have been launched to fill this gap, and Australia is at the forefront.

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  • A new perspective is paramount as data security threats loom large

    With cyber-crime now the leading hazard of 21st century businesses, Australian security managers and executives need to think differently about data security and how to deal with the threat of cyber-attacks, top experts have cautioned.  

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  • Emerging Crisis Management Trends: Risks and Controls of the Future

    When crises threaten our individual or organisational well-being, we all know that some people are better at managing these situations than others. Obviously, those who can prevent a given crisis from occurring are best at eliminating potential damage. And, the next best mitigation strategy is to be one step ahead of a crisis when it does occur. In either case, a key component for effective crisis management is to “anticipate.” Those who can accurately predict future crises or get ahead of an emerging crisis progression are best at protecting the core assets of an organisation. 

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  • As an employer of security personnel what is meant by my duty of care?

    In this guest blog, Director of Campus Safety and Security at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), Adam Bryne answers the following question: As an employer of security personnel what is meant by my duty of care to staff?

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  • Why financial institutions need an integrated cyber and fraud approach

    ASIAL Members, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence have identified three key steps financial institutions should take to fight the threat of cyber attacks. Read up on them in this guest blog.

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  • Facebook starter guide

    To help you prepare for the Facebook component of ASIAL's 2015 Consumer Awareness Campaign, the Managing Director of Diiigy, Jason Lewis has kindly created a guest blog that explains how to set up a Facebook business page, step by step.

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  • Security Manpower - What is the cost of feeling safe?

    We all recognise, the security industry is at its heart a service industry. Therefore you would expect outstanding service delivery and an excellent customer service ethic to be at the core of a successful client-provider relationship. Yet, in managing security officers and the expectations of managers who require guards for specific functions, the one question that is always asked first is:  How much will this cost me?

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  • Are your employee’s skills and knowledge current?

    Guest blog: General Manager of People and Culture at MSS Security, Martha Travis writes about the mutual benefits of skills enhancement and refresher training.

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  • Changing security environment creates demand for services

    ASIAL State Convener for the ACT, Chevelle Millhouse examines the current security climate and what it means for security suppliers. As part of this guest blog, Chevelle offers insight into how the heightened threat level and other key factors are influencing the procurement of security services, and advice on how to best position your security services in tender submissions.

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  • Is private security equipped to detect and respond to terrorism?

    Guest blog: In the wake of the terrorist tragedies that have occurred both locally and globally, Principal Consultant at Matryx Consulting, Luke Percy-Dove asks: How equipped is the private security industry to detect and respond to terrorism activities?

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  • Five ways to make more of your ASIAL membership

    Our latest blog explores five ways you can make more of your ASIAL membership, including using the ASIAL logo, familiarising yourself with member benefits, calling for free advice, and joining in online and offline events to become more engaged with the Association and the industry.

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  • Tendering for local government as a security provider

    ASIAL and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are concerned at the number of complaints received by genuine security contractors missing out on Local Government Tenders that have been awarded to tenderers at impossibly low rates.

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  • The future is happening now

    This guest blog by Ted Pretty, Managing Director and CEO, Hills Limited, looks at examining key risks for government and business.

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  • Privacy legislation changes

    The Australian Privacy Principles (APP’s) will replace the national Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles, from 12 March 2014. Do you have your policy up to date?

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  • A good consultant can be a valuable guide for your business

    When deciding to use a consultant, small businesses need to follow some simple rules or they could be paying a lot and not getting much in return.

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  • Opportunities for outsourcing of non-core policing activities

    In the area of public safety, Police will always be required to maintain law and order, as well as prevent and detect crime. However, as policing budgets coming under growing scrutiny, can some of the functions currently performed by police be provided as efficiently and effectively through the establishment of private partnerships?

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  • Lessons learnt from ICAC enquiries

    Don't be discouraged in doing business with government, government agency or semi government agencies.  It is important to recognise the business principles and compliance requirements of the agency and ensure that your business practices support their requirements.

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