GC2018 Commonwealth Games security workforce plans unveiled
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12 December 2016
GC2018 unveils best-practice approach to Games security workforce
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) will deliver a best-practice security workforce designed to ensure all Games stakeholders stay safe while getting to see the best athletes in the Commonwealth perform in Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The customised approach will use the services of four primary security providers, experts in their field, with support from local security firms, to source, train and deploy more than 4,000 guards.
It will be the largest security workforce this country has seen in a decade.
GOLDOC has appointed an all-Australian consortium of four primary security providers including MSS Security Pty Limited, Wilson Security Pty Limited, SecureCorp (QLD) Pty Limited and Sydney Night Patrol & Inquiry Co Pty Ltd (SNP).
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie acknowledged the efforts of ASIAL in arriving at this outcome.
As part of the approach, 30 per cent of the security workforce must be recruited from the south east Queensland region providing job opportunities and training for hundreds of workers.
To increase the local pool of security providers, GOLDOC is working closely with the Department of Education and Training, the Office of Fair Trading and the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) to develop a training strategy that will seek to mitigate the risk of supply through a subsidised training program.
This initiative will help lift industry standards, equip the workforce for future employment and ensure a high skill set throughout GC2018.
Representatives from the four firms will be embedded within GOLDOC to ensure a coordinated approach to security planning and delivery in conjunction with Queensland Police and other agencies at the State and national level.
The majority of recruitment and training of security personnel will commence in 2017.
Expressions of interest are being sought for a contractor to install 200 temporary and some permanent CCTV cameras. The sites will be across the Gold Coast as well as Brisbane. The EOI closes on 16 February 2017.
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GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said
“This is not a security event – it is a major sporting event and the largest Australia will see over the next decade.
“Delivering for locals is a central part of the GOLDOC delivery model. We want to take the community with us on this journey.
“More than 30 per cent of the workforce deployed must reside in either the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Logan, Redland or Ipswich local authority areas ensuring jobs for residents across the South East.
“GOLDOC is working closely with the Department of Education and Training and other partners to increase the local pool of security providers through training programs which will upskill the industry through the Games and beyond.
“As part of this program, individuals who express an interest in working as a security provider at the Games, and who meet agreed selection criteria, will be supported in the completion of a Certificate 3 in Security Operations, improving future job opportunities.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe MP said
“Public safety is our number one priority and we are determined to make sure all participants are able to enjoy the Games in the safe and friendly environment that they deserve.
“Queenslanders expect the Government and Games organisers to put in place the necessary measures to ensure a safe and secure event and this customised approach to deliver the appropriate security workforce is a key strategy to achieve this.
“The approach delivers job opportunities leading into GC2018 and the enhanced training initiatives deliver good legacy outcomes for the individuals and industry as a whole.”
GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said
“GOLDOC is confident that our primary security contractors will provide effective, professional, friendly and helpful security services for all GC2018 participants and visitors.
“The security workforce model has been carefully tailored to the needs of the Games to ensure we have considered global risks, local risks, past major event experience and the local environment, while also drawing on the strengths of our Australian security workforce.”
GOLDOC, Head of Security, Danny Baade said
“We’re very conscious this is the largest event in Australia this decade and have developed this approach based on the learnings from previous Games and major events.
“During Games time, participants and visitors will experience a visible security presence in and around venues, and security procedures such as screening measures, which are similar to those at airports.
“The GOLDOC security model is much larger than the recent G20 Summit held in Brisbane and has been designed to complement the work being delivered by our security partners.”