Portable long service in the security industry

Slot game Information for businesses employing security workers and how portable long service applies.

What is security work?

Slot gameUnder the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme the security industry is where security activities are undertaken by people licensed or registered under the Private Security Act 2004.

Slot gameThis includes both Class A and Class B Security Services.

Class A Security Services

These services require a license and include:

  • acting as an investigator
  • acting as a bodyguard
  • acting as a crowd controller
  • acting as a security guard (including while exercising control over a dog, while armed with a firearm, while unarmed and collecting/transferring/delivery cash or valuables while armed).
  • the protecting, guarding and watching of any property by monitoring or operating a security system
  • acting as a private security trainer

Class B Security Services

These services require registration and include:

  • the installation, repair, service or maintenance or security equipment and systems such as camera systems, audio systems, audio or visual recording systems, alarms and alarm monitoring systems, safes and vaults, security intrusion detectors and electric, electromagnetic, magnetic or biometric access control devices
  • acting as a security advisor

What is not security work?

Slot gameWork that is not classified as security work for the scheme includes:

  • installing a lock as part of work as a builder
  • cutting unrestricted keys
  • operating a prison or other correctional facility
  • selling self-installing security systems

Who is a security employer?

Victorian employers that are engaged in the security industry and employ at least one other person to undertake security work, must register with the Portable Long Service Authority.

This includes employers that employ workers to perform security work on behalf of another organisation engaged in the security industry.

Learn more about employer obligations

Contract workers

Slot gameSelf-employed workers performing security work for another person or organisation can choose to register for the scheme. They will be required to meet employer obligations and will receive entitlements to portable long service benefits as a result.

Who is not an employer?

Slot gameThe following are not employers for the scheme, even if they have workers performing security work:

  • federal or state government departments or agencies
  • local governments or other public statutory bodies
  • entities with a governing body appointed under an Act of the Commonwealth of the State

Who is a security worker?

From 1 October 2020 to be eligible for portable long service in the security industry, workers must be employed by an employer for the scheme as outlined above,  and the worker's predominant activity of their substantive role (not acting role or secondment) must be security work.

Eligible workers include apprentices, casuals and any individuals with employment agreements requiring them to learn security work.

Learn more about worker entitlements

Who is not eligible for portable long service?

Slot gameAny workers already registered with CoINVEST cannot be registered with the Portable Long Service Authority.

Workers employed by employers that don’t meet the requirements for registration with the Authority are not eligible for portable long service, even if they are undertaking security work.

Employer obligations

Registered employers must submit quarterly returnsSlot game to the Authority in October, January, April and July each year.

Quarterly returns are completed through the employer portal and employers will need to provide details for all eligible workers during the reporting period, including:

  • the hours worked and ordinary pay received by each worker
  • any long service leave taken by a worker
  • workers who stopped working for the business

Slot gameBased on this information, a levy will be calculated that employers must pay. This levy will cover the cost of future portable long service claims by eligible workers.

Learn more about quarterly returns

Case studies and examples

Reviewed 04 December 2020

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