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New look Kiwi Access card to replace 18+ card from January 2019

The new Kiwi Access Card has enhanced security features, which makes it a secure and reliable form of identification (like the 18+ Card currently). The updated features of the Kiwi Access Card include the use of embossing, micro text, and also braille. To give you a full insight into all the security features and unique design details of the card, we have included with this email a helpful resource with the full information on it.

You can use the attached document as a guide for verifying the validity of Kiwi Access Cards used to purchase goods or services through your business. Please familiarise yourself with the Kiwi Access Card security features, and share this resource with staff members that will be responsible for accepting the ID. We are producing a small flyer which shows the cards that are valid, which can be put up around your point of sale areas, behind the bar, etc, to assist staff with identifying valid cards.  We will circulate these to you in the new year – if you require more please contact our office.

The new Kiwi Access Card has been designed with everyone in the New Zealand community in mind. We have changed the name and the look of the card so that it can better address the needs of everyone, across our society, that needs a form of secure identification to give them access to goods and services. You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen or passport holder to apply for the Kiwi Access Card.

There have been no changes in the process to obtain a card. Like the 18+ Card, applicants must be 18 years or older to be entitled to apply for a Kiwi Access Card. Proof of age is required as part of the application process. Applications for the new Kiwi Access Card will be available from 14 January 2019, and can be made via NZ Post. The Kiwi Access Card will retail at $55 including GST.

Please also note that the current and previous versions of the 18+ Card remain valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

Summary of key changes to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018

Below is a summary of the key changes contained in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018 that was passed by Parliament last week.

The most significant change that came into effect on 13th December 2018 (being the day after Royal Assent) is that businesses must now enter into bargaining for multi-employer collective agreements if asked to join by a union, HOWEVER, they will not have to settle a multi-employer collective agreement if their reason for not wanting to settle is based on reasonable grounds.
For example, if there are significant differences between two employers – such as one operating in Auckland where price and wages are higher, and the other in Invercargill – it could be reasonable for one employer to negotiate a single-employer collective agreement instead.

The most significant change that comes into effect on 6th May 2019, particularly for those involved in guard services, is the right to set rest and meal breaks is to be restored, HOWEVER, some limited exemptions may apply in specified essential services or national security services.

Amendments to Part 6D (rest breaks and meal breaks).  Section 69ZEA – Exemption from requirement to provide rest and meal breaks. 
This states that an employer is exempt from the requirement to provide rest breaks and meal breaks if:
a)   The employer is engaged in the protection of New Zealand’s national security, and
b)   Continuity of service is critical to New Zealand’s national security, and
c)   The employer would incur unreasonable costs in replacing the employee during the rest or meal breaks with another person of sufficient skill and experience and without compromising New Zealand’s national security

The amendments Bill does not provide a definition for “national security” however the NZSA’s position is that all security workers who hold a Certificate of Approval under the Property Guard classification should be recognised as being engaged in New Zealand’s national security and we will lobby government on that basis.

See attached pdf for futher details

Update on MSD Work Broker Pilot Programme

This ground breaking initiative commenced on the 1st October and sees the NZSA act as the national work broker for the security industry.  Effectively the NZSA works as a recruitment agent – we work with MSD to find candidates with the interest and ability to work in the security industry and then match those candidates with job vacancies notified to us by our members.  Not only does this result in our providing our members with “fit for purpose” candidates who have been through our screening and assessment process, but if they are employed, the member/employer qualifies for support subsidies of up to $3,970 plus GST to assist with training and induction costs.

The results to date have been impressive with 25 candidates placed into employment with our members and a number currently in the interview process.  It is also pleasing to see placements across the country and in a range of roles including Security Officers, Patrol Officers, Monitoring Operators and Trainee Security Technicians

For members who would like to find out more about the process or would like to register, please contact Andrea Charlton on 0274 502 020 or email  andrea@security.org.nz

 

NZSA Work Broker Programme

Progress in out pilot programme in association with the Ministry of Social Development is going well.

To 13/11/18, we have placed 14 MSD clients into employment with our members.  Given the contract commenced 1st October, this is a very pleasing result and one which has exceeded MSD’s expectations and targets.

There are a number of member benefits when you employ an MSD client through our programme.  These are:

  • The NZSA will complete and pay for the candidates COA application (Temporary Licence).  We will do this once the candidate has been offered employment.  (That saves your organisation $187)

 

  • Pay the member $495 + GST per week for the first six weeks of employment (Pro Rata).  This covers all training and induction costs. (That’s $2,970 worth of support that you could receive from the NZSA)

 

  • Pay the member $500 + GST once the candidate has completed 3 months and another $500+GST once the candidate has completed 6 months employment. (That’s a further $1,000 upon their continued service.

 

You can also be assured that the NZSA will complete a phone interview, allow the candidate to sit a basic reading and writing test, and where possible, have a face to face interview. This helps us better understand the candidate and provide your organisation with candidates that we believe are fit for purpose. We can also give them some coaching and support for when they come to interview with you.

 

If you are interested in registering for this programme, you can register online here, or you can email andrea@security.org.nz to have a chat.

 

Launch of the New Zealand Certificate in Electrotechnology (Level 3)

The New Zealand Certificate in Electrotechnology (Level 3) has been updated to be more versatile and fit-for-purpose.

In collaboration with industry, the new qualification has been modernised, taking into account the new technologies in the market.  This course has now integrated recommended pre-learning unit standards giving learners a well-rounded education.

The qualification is still based on on-job and off-job assessments.  Each assessment has been reviewed and, where possible, made into a smaller, more manageable format.

Those who have chosen to complete the Service strand will also complete the Electrical Workers Registration Board’s Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (endorsed) exam.

Further study:

Once learners have completed the NZC in Electrotechnology (Level 3) they can choose to continue onto one of four different strands.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Security (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Installation and Service) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Engineering (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Customer Premise Systems (Level 4)

For more information you can view the following documents:

Electronic Security Programme L3- v3

Info Sheet – NZC Electrotechnology L3- NZSA

Electrotech – Qualification changes

 

For enquiries, please contact:

Carine Vaccari

carinev@shift.org.nz

022 568 6671