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NZSA Security Update – RFP Earthquake Commission – National Guarding Services

Appreciating that tenders at this time of year can be missed we would like to notify members that the Earthquake Commission is seeking proposals for National Guarding Services. Details can be found on GETS, RFX number 23853396 and with closing date 15 February.

We note that NZSA Accredited Membership is a mandatory requirement for tendering.

From the NZSA team.

NZSA Newsletter – January 2021

CEO’s Report

Welcome to our January 2021 newsletter.

I trust that your Christmas and New Year have gone well.

Recent events around the world have highlighted how fortunate we are to be able to conduct business and go about our everyday lives with some normality.

Whilst the planned roll-out of the Covid vaccine is fantastic news, the reality is that the impacts, both in health and economic terms, will be with us for a considerable period and 2021 is likely to be a challenging year for many individuals and businesses.

As always, we will strive to assist our members with timely and relevant guidance and communications and to work with our stakeholders in further lifting standards and professionalism within the security industry.

I also look forward to the re-implementation this year of our Regional Visit programme and the chance to meet our members in their own business. This is a great chance for me to better understand your business and to discuss those issues that are most important to our members. Details of the Regional Visit programme will be made available shortly.

Security career pathway website
The new NZ Security Career Pathways website www.securitycareers.co.nz was launched in December and has attracted a large number of views and favourable comment. The website has been designed to provide a comprehensive and structured introduction to roles within the security industry and the pathway opportunities for those seeking career progression to more senior positions.

The website includes information on the roles, skill set requirements, training requirements and options, indicative pay scales and possible pathways to other sectors or industries. It also includes short videos of employees in their roles, talking about their jobs and what they enjoy most. Further videos will be added as we continue to develop the site.

Whilst the website will provide a great tool for our MSD Skills for Industry programme, it is equally designed as a resource for our members to assist in their recruiting process and to encourage new workers to our industry.

Update to Security Industry Good Practice Guideline
The Security Industry Good Practice Guideline was developed and launched by the NZSA last year as an industry resource providing operational and health and safety standards for all New Zealand companies operating in the guarding and security patrols sectors.

With the assistance and input from a working group, including event security providers and event and venue hosts, the NZSA has developed additional sections specific to guidance on Crowd Controller roles and duties and providing security for Events, Venues and other Crowded Places.

The additional sections are aligned with the recently issued Protecting our Crowded Places from Attack: New Zealand’s Strategy programme and the various resource tools.

The amended copy of the Good Practice Guideline, including the new sections, can be downloaded from the NZSA website www.security.org.nz within the next few weeks.

NZSA appoints independent Chairperson and new Board Member
In a very positive step, the NZSA Board has appointed Gray Paterson as its first independent Chairperson.

Gray is a very experienced and accomplished Board Chair who brings a wealth of relevant skills and experiences to the role and will provide strong governance and direction for the Association in coming years.

We are also pleased to advise that Andy Gollings, CEO of Red Badge, was elected to the NZSA Board at the AGM late last year, replacing Chris Whiting. Existing Board Members Brett Wilson, Matt Stevenson, Lance Reisterer and Wade Coneybeer were also re-elected for a further three year term.

Crowded Places Strategy Group
Last September the New Zealand Police released a strategy to assist owners and operators increase the safety, protection and resilience of crowded places across New Zealand.

Protecting our Crowded Places from Attack: New Zealand’s Strategy sets out a consistent approach to protecting crowded places throughout New Zealand. It introduces guidelines and tools to help owners and operators of crowded places reduce the threat of attack occurring, and lessen its consequences, using methods that are proportionate to the threat.

The strategy, guidelines and planning tools can be accessed via the Police website.

The NZSA have also been working with the Police to ensure that the resources and capability of the private security industry are recognised and utilised as part of the strategic approach. Whilst membership is yet to be formalised, the NZSA will represent the security industry at the launch of the Crowded Places Advisory Groups and we will be hosting a Provider Forum during February focused on how best the industry can support and promote the Crowded Places strategies.

SkillsVR security training platform
Development of the SkillsVR training platform is now complete and waiting for pre-moderation to ensure it meets the outcomes and performance criteria specified within the unit standards.

Once the timing for this has been confirmed we will formalise dates and locations for a national roadshow tour that will coincide with the opening of the new regional MSD service hubs.

In the interim SkillsVR are happy to arrange demonstrations for providers – contact Chris Thomas on [email protected] or 021 771 173.

Further professional recognition of the security industry?
The NZSA, together with the Training Special Interest Group (SIG) and Skills will being looking at how our industry could benefit if we formed a professional Registration body for individual security operatives.

As you will be aware, the NZSA is a member organisation, and combining this with a Registration body may provide improved professional recognition for individual workers in the industry and enhance the overall standing of the entire industry.

This is only at its early concept stages and initially Skills will be carrying out a feasibility study over the next couple of months.

We will keep you posted on how this study progresses, and if it does show promise we will seek your input later in the year.

Privacy law reform
New Zealand’s privacy laws changed on 1 December 2020 with the introduction of the Privacy Act 2020.

The most significant changes include:

  • Mandatory notification of a privacy breach – this applies to all “notifiable privacy breaches” being where the breach has caused, or is likely to cause, an individual serious harm.
  • Privacy Commissioner can issue and public compliance notices – The Commissioner will have the ability to issue a compliance notice to any agency requiring them to take action, or stop taking a particular action in order to comply with privacy laws.
  • Disclosure of personal information outside New Zealand – this will put more limits on foreign disclosure by requiring an agency to satisfy one of six requirements before disclosing personal information overseas.
  • Identifying information cannot be collected unless requested – this prohibits an agency obtaining more identifying information from an individual than is necessary for the purpose for which it is collected.

Office relocation
From 1 February 2021 our office will be located at Level 2, 31 Northside Drive in Westgate.

The new office will allow us to re-implement on-site interviewing of MSD candidates and as always, we welcome any member who wishes to call in for a coffee, to recharge their devices or requires brief use of an off-site office space.

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Gary Morrison
CEO

 

NZSA support for LSV programme

The LSV programme is a free six-week motivational training course provided by MSD but facilitated by the New Zealand Defence Force. It is targeted at 18 to 25-year olds and aims to increase the number of young people entering employment or training by improving their self-discipline, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.

We introduced an NZSA Award to be presented to the trainee demonstrating outstanding qualities for the security industry – initiative, empathy and going the extra mile.

The recipient for the October course was Trainee Jesse Clarke-McRoberts from Wairoa. Tr Clarke-McRoberts was a model trainee in all aspects of initiative, empathy and going the extra mile. He was also awarded the Officer Commanding Award for All Round Excellence and received a scholarship with Sudima Hotels as part of their Corporate Trainee Programme for 2021. Some fantastic opportunities on the horizon for this trainee and very well deserved!

 

Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Member:

Trust & Loyalty Security Ltd

 

Events

CISO Online Virtual Forum
9-12 February 2021

Cybersecurity strategy successes shared live with you online, for free.

The NZSA is proud to be an industry partner and Associate Professor Lech Janczewski of our special interest group NZ Information Security Forum (NZISF), will be joining the panel discussion.
CISO Online will welcome an inspiring speaker line up with a comprehensive agenda covering the biggest strategic concerns for leaders in the information security space, for 1.5 hours per day.
Discover how CISOs and senior cybersecurity leaders are migrating from a technical to a strategic role and enabling business agility and growth by strengthening their frontiers.

To register please visit the CISO Online website.

 

Securing NZ’s Borders, Facilities & Public Spaces
13-14 April 2021
Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland

Attend to receive essential updates on the latest developments in safety and security. Hear from a wide range of experts from across police, law enforcement, government, legal, sports, venue operators, risk management and the security industry.

Topics will cover:

  • Security at national and civic level – funding, collaboration and strategy
  • Border quarantine and managed isolation facility security review
  • Harnessing the benefits derived from the ability to share information between agencies
  • Reviewing the NZSA New Zealand Security Industry Good Practice Guidelines
  • Protecting crowded places from attack – New Zealand’s strategy
  • Threats to national security posed by social media
  • Mastering the art of profiling – managing indicators of potential offenders
  • Cyber attacks on public infrastructure
  • Building safer cities through innovative architectural design
  • Legal clinic: maintaining public safety within legal parameters
  • Emergency services and first responders – engaging with the first line of response
  • Dealing with disaster – how government and local councils react to tragic incidents

To register please visit the Conferenz website.

NZSA security update, seasons greetings and office closedown

Happy holidays
The team at the NZSA would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your staff and families a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

This has been a very difficult and challenging year however the security industry can take a lot of pride in the way that we have stepped up looking after our staff and customers, providing critical and essential services.

It is also important that we recognise that many staff in our industry are required to work on the statutory holidays and miss out on important family events so our special appreciation goes out to those workers.

 

NZSA office closure
The NZSA office will be closed from midday Wednesday 23 December until Monday 11 January. During this period we will not be able to respond to emails or phone calls. If your matter is urgent please contact Gary Morrison on [email protected] or 021 122 9606.

 

Increase in minimum wage
The Government has confirmed that the minimum wage will increase to $20.00 per hour (currently $18.90 per hour) on 1 April 2021.

We advise our members that they should be mindful of the impact on current contracts and commence planning for any necessary increases to customer contracts.

The Government has also signaled an increase in sick leave entitlements from five days per year to 10 days per year, however this is unlikely to be enacted until late 2021 at the earliest.

 

Red Badge Group – change of ownership
Red Badge Group issued a press release last Friday advising that the company founders, Gary and Clair Wilton, have “passed the baton” to their senior management team and allowing them to retire from the business.

Effective from 18 December the established senior leadership team of Andy Gollings (CEO), Ben Wooding (COO) and Dee Wakelin (National BDM) are Directors and Shareholders of the company, and with an Advisory Board in place to provide strategic guidance and support.

 

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year

 

The NZSA Team

Security Officers included in Part 6A Employment Relations Act

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Honourable Michael Wood, has announced today that Security Officers will be included within coverage of Part 6A which defines specified categories of employees and the protection provided to those employees if impacted by restructuring or the work is to be performed by another person (such as change of contracts).

To enact the change an Order in Council will be drafted and taken to Cabinet by the Minister next year. This will involve targeted consultation with the NZSA and other stakeholders in February, to ensure the definition of security officer services in the Order correctly captures the intended workers. It is expected that security officers will be covered by the Part 6A protections by mid-2021.

We would also like to remind our members that the latest edition of the NZ Security Magazine is available online at https://defsecmedia.net.nz and includes some excellent articles on industry training.

From the NZSA team.

NZSA launches security industry careers website

The NZSA are thrilled to announce the launch of a careers website for the security industry. This NZSA initiative is designed to provide a comprehensive and structured introduction to roles within the security industry and the pathway opportunities for those seeking career progression into more senior positions.

The website includes information on the roles, skill set requirements, training requirements and options, indicative pay scales and possible pathways into other sectors or industries, featuring short videos of employees in their roles, talking about their jobs and what they enjoy most – the inclusion of further videos will be a work in progress as we continue to develop the site content.

We view the website as a great support tool for the MSD Skills for Industry programme and introducing the security industry to those seeking employment – be it school leavers, those seeking a career change or the newly unemployed through the impact of Covid-19. In addition, we believe it will provide a valuable resource for our members in their recruitment process.

Visit the new website here:  www.securitycareers.co.nz

Privacy Act 2020 changes

The Privacy Act 2020 introduces great protections for individuals and some new obligations for businesses and organisations. The changes include the requirement to report serious privacy breaches to the Privacy Commissioner and to affected people.

The Privacy Commissioner has new powers to help people access their own information and to require businesses and organisations to comply with the law.

There are increased fines for organisations that don’t comply, and there are new rules when sending personal information overseas.

You can find out more about the changes on the Commisison’s resources page.

Privacy_Act_2020_information_sheet

Book a Virtual Reality Training Demonstration for the chance to win an Oculus headset

We are pleased to advise that JBA will be providing demonstrations of the VR scenarios that will enable accredited providers to deliver and report the Mandatory Training required for the Certificate of Approval at Facilities Integrate. Please refer to the information below and your opportunity to book a demonstration timeslot. For further information please contact Chris Thomas from SkillsVR: [email protected], 021 771 173. You can register for Facilities Integrate here.

During the expo, the SkillsVR team will be at multiple stands with VR headsets, offering demonstrations of Conflict Management for the security industry. Don’t miss your spot, register below to secure a demonstration.

Register here to book a demonstration and go in the draw to win an Oculus headset with SkillsVR.

NZSA Security Industry Newsletter – November 2020

CEO’s REPORT

Welcome to our November 2020 newsletter.

In our last newsletter I commented on the security issues that had occurred at the MIF’s (Managed Isolation Facilities) and the resulting negative coverage from the media and ill-founded government announcements with regards to replacing all 500 to 600 private security personnel working at those sites with staff from the armed forces, support by security staff to be recruited and trained by MBIE.

I’m pleased to advise that the number of private security staff at the MIF’s has in fact increased since that time (with contracts in place for most sites ensuring service continuity) and the lack of reporting of any incidents seems to indicate that services are being performed to a high standard.

I note that Nick Dynon, the highly credentialed and respected Chief Editor for the New Zealand Security Magazine, commented in last months magazine that the political announcements appeared to be nothing more than an attempt to distract the media focus from the need for more proactive security measures at the border and without any engagement with the Army or MBIE with regards to their ability to provide the additional resource.

I still find it disappointing that politicians can be so indifferent towards the situation of the 500 to 600 workers facing potential redundancy, or the employers who had invested heavily in recruiting and resourcing their staff on the MIF sites, however that is probably the reality of decision making when leading in to an election.

 

Impact of new employment rules
The strong mandate for Labour at the recent election means that some significant employment law changes are likely to be implemented within the next year or two. Labour’s employment policies include:

  • Raising the minimum wage from $18.90 to $20.00, effective 1 April 2021
  • Increase paid sick leave from 5 days to 10 days
  • Legislate for and implement Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) with the guarding sector, probably the first industry sector to be implemented (this is on Labour’s first 100-day plan)
  • Removal of the 90-day clause for new workers
  • Recognising Matariki as a statutory holiday
  • Four weeks compulsory redundancy
  • Providing unions with a stronger presence in the workplace.

The NZSA maintains strong relationships with the various government agencies that will be involved in the development and implementation of these policies and we will continue to advocate strongly for the interest of our members. We recently circulated a MBIE survey on the proposed increase in the minimum wage to our members and utilising the returns we received, were able to provide a comprehensive submission to MBIE on behalf of the industry.

We are very aware of the potential cost implications associated with many of these policies and will provide more detailed information as the policy detail and timing becomes known.

MSD Skills for Industry programme
Our team of Andrea and Napat continue to achieve fantastic results with close to 200 full-time candidate placements over the last twelve months.

We have noted a slow down in member vacancies over the last two months, probably attributable in part to the confusion over the continuation of the MIF contracts, however we expect a significant boost in vacancy numbers as we head towards the busy Christmas period. Other than a short shutdown between Christmas and New Year, our team will be available to assist with your employment requirements – contact either [email protected] or [email protected] to discuss how the programme works and the support payments that we provide to assist with additional training and induction costs.

With the pending launch of the careers pathway website (see following article) we are very confident of our ability to attract quality workers for our members, and the ability to have our placements fully licensed (at our cost) in the near future through the SkillsVR Virtual Reality Training Platform, will further benefit members using the placement programme.

It is also worth noting for our members that whilst Labour has announced a Future of Work initiative which will involve a partnership with the unions and one-off placement fees for new appointments, we are confident that this will not compromise or disadvantage our Skills for Industry Programme.

Security career pathway website
We are pleased to advise that the new website www.careers.co.nz, is nearing completion and will go live during November.

The website is designed to provide a comprehensive and structured introduction to roles within the security industry and the pathway opportunities for those seeking career progression into more senior positions. The website includes information on the roles, skill set requirements, training requirements and options, indicative pay scales and possible pathways into other sectors or industries. We will also feature short videos of employees in their roles, talking about their jobs and what they enjoy most – the inclusion of further videos will be a work in progress as we continue to develop the site content.

We view the website as a great support tool for the MSD Skills for Industry programme and introducing the security industry to those seeking employment – be it school leavers, those seeking a career change or the newly unemployed through the impact of Covid-19. In addition, we believe it will provide a valuable resource for our members in their recruitment process.

Look out for notification of the formal launch and associated social media programme in coming weeks!

 

SkillsVR security training platform
Again, we have good news with the pending launch of the new virtual reality training platform for the mandatory Certificate of Approval training only a month or so away.

The platform is a partnership between MSD, the NZSA and specialist virtual reality developer JBA (Joy Business Academy) and seeks to address frustrations that exist in delivering the current mandatory training that must be completed as part of obtaining a Certificate of Approval for security officers. Those frustrations include accessibility issues (particularly outside of main metropolitan areas), a lack of consistency in the training delivery (including shortened programmes) and literacy issues with current training materials.

Virtual reality and e-learning are recognised as leading edge technologies for the delivery of high quality and effective training, providing benefits such as:

  • Time and cost of training and certification – guards are certified in less time and with less disruption to operations.
  • Practice for the real world – guards have the opportunity to practice potentially dangerous scenarios, allowing them to safely and effectively comprehend principles before applying them in the real world.
  • Accessibility outside metropolitan areas – guards can get trained, refreshed and/or certified anywhere without the need to travel and without the cost of facilitator travel and accommodation.
  • Comprehension – literacy challenges – guards are emotionally connected to their virtual environment, and need to utilise their cognitive abilities to complete training/certification, overcoming literacy challenges.
  • Consistency – guards receive comprehensive and consistent training and have access to training and refreshers throughout the year without having to engage a training facilitator or incur any massive cost to the business.

Whilst the original intent was to develop a high quality and readily accessible training delivery option for candidates placed into employment through the NZSA MSD Skills for Industry programme, we believe it is in the interest of the stakeholders and wider industry to make the training platform available for all industry participants who need to complete the three unit standards that make up the mandatory training. It is important however to stress that industry has the choice to utilise the platform or not, and that it is an option for industry to consider, not a replacement for existing training.

The SkillsVR security training platform comprises a mixture of e-learning and virtual reality modules hosted on the JBA SkillsVR portal and comprises the three unit standards:

– 27360 Demonstrate knowledge of managing conflict situations in a security context (e-learning)

– 27361 Manage conflict situations in a security context (virtual reality)

– 27364 Demonstrate knowledge of the security industry in a pre-employment context (e-learning)

The e-learning modules provide total flexibility with regards to venue and timing from a learner perspective and the virtual reality is delivered from a simple to use headset that can either be purchased or hired (with one day courier turnaround).

JBA and NZSA recently hosted a user testing session with a small group of security providers and Skills representatives viewing, testing and providing feedback on the platform. Whilst unexpected technical glitches provided some frustration, the overall feedback was exceedingly positive, particularly with regards to the quality, realism and effectiveness of the virtual reality scenario-based training.

 

Photo – Participants in the user testing session experiencing the virtual reality training platform.

JBA are currently making system improvements and adding further functionality based on the user feedback with the intent that we will commence training MSD candidates on the platform within the next month.

Our plan is that we will conduct a roadshow around the country in early 2021 with an open invitation to security providers to come in to trial and experience the platform and discuss delivery and pricing options – dates and locations will be promoted well in advance.

We are also pleased to advise that JBA will be providing demonstrations of the VR scenarios, incorporating COA training at Facilities Integrate, refer to the information below and your opportunity to book a demonstration timeslot.

For further information please contact Chris Thomas from SkillsVR: [email protected], 021 771 173.

Apprenticeship funding for security technician training

The government announced a fees-free funding for apprenticeship programmes back in July with the promise that further details would be released shortly after.

When the list of approved apprenticeship qualifications was finally released, NZ2767 New Zealand Certificate in Electrotechnology Level 3 was included, however the Level 4 qualification, being the electronic security-specific component, was not listed. This created a high degree of uncertainty with regards to funding coverage and has effectively halted the registration of new apprentices since the approved list was published.

We have been working with TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to get this resolved and have just received confirmation that the New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Security Level 4 has been added to the approved qualification list and that the security technician apprenticeship qualifies for the fees-free funding.

This is great news as we have seen a strong uptake in the qualification since the recent rewrite and we are aware that a number of employers have been holding off on new registrations pending clarity on the funding.

Unfortunately we have yet to gain approval for the apprenticeship on the Apprenticeship Boost Support Programme through MSD however we are continuing to lobby on behalf of the industry.

For more information on the apprenticeship and funding, please contact Carine Vaccari at Shift/ETEC on [email protected].

NZSA Annual General Meeting
As noted later in this newsletter, this years AGM has been scheduled for later in the year than normal due to Covid-19 restrictions but will be held on Wednesday 25 November with a breakfast meeting commencing 7.30am at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland and in conjunction with the Facilities Integrate expo scheduled for 25-26 November at the same venue.

Copies of the NZSA Annual Report and details for board nominations have recently been distributed. If you haven’t received a copy or require information on standing for the board, feel free to contact me on 021 122 9606 or [email protected].

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Gary Morrison
CEO

 

VR DEMONSTRATIONS AT FACILITIES INTEGRATE

NZSA – 1972 to 2022 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY!

Calling for members prior to 1984. We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NZSA in 2022 and we would like to obtain some memorabilia, photos and also some stories about the early members. As our records don’t go back prior to 1984 it would be great if you could contact us and let us know if you were an early member or have access to memorabilia and photos from 1972 onwards. Please contact [email protected].

 

SECURITY TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SIG

Submitted by Andy Gollings, Chairperson

A key objective of this group is to support the development of a professional industry which offers training, career pathways and opportunities. It has been recognised for some time that the security industry has some challenges. We have struggled for recognition as a valued service and therefore have struggled to be a valued vocation across New Zealand. This unfortunately is almost self-fulfilling as if we struggle to attract the right people to our industry we will struggle to improve the levels of service and therefore that value that we are perceived as providing.

2020 could eventually provide us with a real catalyst for change. Our industry stepped up and provided much needed reassurance during the various alert levels and to help protect our border at the Managed Isolation Facilities. The fact that our industry could offer much needed employment at a difficult time for many has also allowed the industry to attract people who may have never considered this sector otherwise.

On top of the events above, 2020 has also seen the refresh of the training for the Certificate of Approval, the establishment of a new NZ Certificate in Security Levels 3 and 4 with the Level 2 resources being developed on our behalf by the Skills Organisation. These resources will be available by the second quarter of 2021. We have also seen some real traction for the NZ Certificate in Electronic Security and the introduction of a qualification for call centre and monitoring centre personnel.

NZSA and Skills have supported a mandatory refresher training for our Conflict Management Trainers across the country which should address some of the previous inconsistencies of this training. They also hold a register of these approved trainers and these people are the only trainers that are approved to deliver conflict management training to security officers for the COA. If you don’t know if your trainer is approved, you should be checking this list on the Skills website.

Another initiative, that has the potential to provide real value, is the MSD/NZSA initiative to embrace virtual reality training. This approach is certain to improve the consistency and availability of training across the country. It also has the potential to simulate situations, in a safe environment, to test and develop appropriate responses from trainees.

In progress currently is the development of a website that outlines career opportunity, training requirements and progression within the industry. This is designed to show potential employees the opportunities that exist within our industry and could also be a great vehicle to inform industry and our customers of the opportunities that exist for us to develop our services and our personnel.

There are many training opportunities that either exist now, or are in stages of development. If you have questions I invite you to reach out to myself or the NZSA. We need to work as an industry to make use of these opportunities and demand higher standards of each other. As an industry we operate in a position of trust and we need to work together to improve our standards of professionalism so that we can continue to operate in this position and provide the security and assurance that our communities require.

The NZSA and the members of the group are committed to raising industry standards. Your feedback and input is essential. Please direct any questions, suggestions or concerns that you have to the NZSA so that we can work together to ensure our customers and our staff are provided the quality support that they deserve.

 

NZSA SUPPORT FOR LSV PROGRAMME

The LSV programme is a free six-week motivational training course provided by MSD but facilitated by the New Zealand Defence Force. It is targeted at 18 to 25-year olds and aims to increase the number of young people entering employment or training by improving their self-discipline, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.

Last year we introduced an NZSA Award to be presented to the trainee demonstrating outstanding qualities for the security industry – initiative, empathy and going the extra mile.

The newest recipient of the NZSA Award is Trainee Grace Simi Vaofusi from the Wellington region, proudly presented by LSV Work Broker Rachel Unuia-James.

Trainee Grace Simi Vaofusi is a top New Zealand basketball player and has been a model trainee in all aspects of initiative, empathy and going the extra mile. She has recently started with Future Leaders, a post-LSV provider who will support Grace in her work journey.

 

MEMBER BENEFITS

NZSA Speak Up Line

The NZSA Speak Up Line is free to members and provides access to a confidential service where staff can report issues such as bullying, sexual harassment, poor employment conditions, illegal practices such as theft or drug dealing and other matters of concern that may be occurring in the workplace and not being reported.

Phone                 0800 775 775

Online reports     www.integrityline-nz.org

The NZSA will provide posters, business-sized card to go into wallets, stickers and introductory letters for your staff. They are designed for members to include their own corporate branding prior to distribution.

The service is particularly valuable where employees may be reluctant to speak up or report matters due to fears that by doing so it may affect their employment or risk further victimisation.

It is also important to note that such services meet government procurement requirements around providing a voice for staff.

This service is provided by Crimestoppers who obviously have considerable experience in handling sensitive calls in a confidential manner. They log the calls or online reports and forward to the NZSA for further investigation if required. The staff member can remain anonymous if they wish to do so.

Register for the NZSA Speak Up Line by emailing [email protected]. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service

NZSA is partnered with Livewire HR to provide access to free HR advice as well as templated key documents and policies.

There are testimonials below from some members who have utilised the service:

“We have used Livewire for a while now and the documents are great to use and easy to download and save. We have implemented some policies based on the designed ones here and have good responses from our team. We will continue to use them for a long time to come. Would highly recommend.”

“I had a very good experience with Livewirehr, especially with Rebecca. She was approachable and patient with our questions. The advisory service is a big help and I would recommend using this great service”.

“When we had inquiries the response was very quick and super helpful. Some the security companies do not have a big HR team or Lawyer team and this is such a great service to use if something out of the ordinary appears and you want to be sure you are working within the regulations.”

Call           HR LIVE (0800 475 483)

Email         [email protected]

 

Business Continuity Planning

NZSA is partnered with BCP Builder to provide access to a free Business Continuity Plan Template. Members who join BCP Builder will be able to create their own personalised Business Continuity Plan following the simple instructions and training available through the BCP Builder website.

BCP Builder is based on the Business Continuity Institute Good Practice Guidelines and the requirements of ISO 22301. This means you can write your plan with confidence, knowing that you are meeting all requirements.

Members can request a BCP Builder discount code by emailing [email protected]. This will give you access to a free BCP Builder subscription to prepare your business continuity plan. Please note that this benefit is available for corporate and associate company members only.

 

Christmas Parties and Shutdown Periods – an NZSA HR Advisory Service update

Christmas shutdown
Most companies decide to shutdown and give their workers time with friends and family. Shutdown periods must be communicated to staff in writing 14 days before the shutdown period and you need to ensure that staff are paid the correct entitlements: Shutdown Periods.

Christmas parties
This time of year, people just think about having a good time, without thinking of the repercussions of their actions whilst under the influence. It is essential for businesses to be proactive with setting the tone for staff parties without ruining the fun. Keep these top tips front of mind as you enter into the silly season: Silly Season is almost upon us!

If you have any workplace questions, the NZSA HR Advisory service can assist.

Phone:     HR LIVE (0800 475 483)

Email:       [email protected]

 

FACE MASKS AVAILABLE

The NZSA has received a delivery from the Ministry of Health for face masks from government stocks. These masks are Ministry of Health approved for essential services.

The masks are available to order in boxes of 50. The price of one box is $50 + gst plus the cost of delivery to your premises.

If you would like to place an order can you please email us at [email protected] with your requirements.

 

MEMBERSHIP

New Accredited Member – Allied Security

We are pleased to announce that Allied Security has successfully completed the audit against the NZSA Codes of Practice: Security Business Operations, PSR Capability, Health and Safety Capability and Manpower Services, and is recognised as an NZSA Accredited Member.

 

We welcome the following new Corporate Members:

Corporate Security Group Ltd

Ecosse Business Systems Ltd

Ironman Group Ltd

National Security NZ Ltd

Protective Services Ltd

 

and the following new Associate Company member:

Attenti New Zealand Ltd

 

and the following new Associate Individual members:

Jason Yorsten

Mark McHattie

 

EVENTS

NZISF Meeting
The University of Auckland
12 November 2020

The New Zealand Information Security Forum is meeting at 7.15am on Thursday 12 November.

Topic – Victory in phishing battles!

Speaker – Maziar Janbeglou

For further information please see the NZISF page on our website

Annual General Meeting
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
25 November 2020

The NZSA AGM this year will be held in conjunction with Facilities Integrate. As we did last year we will provide a breakfast followed by the AGM. Members should have received the meeting notice, if you haven’t please contact us. Non-members are welcome however they will need to RSVP and cover the cost for the breakfast.

Please note that the AGM response deadline is 4pm on Tuesday 10 November 2020. Contact:  [email protected]

Facilities Integrate
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
25-26 November 2020

Facilities Integrate is a trade-only exhibition for people who design, construct and manage New Zealand’s buildings and facilities. For more information please see the website.

If you already registered for the event for the previous date in August you do not need to re-register.

CISO Online Virtual Forum
9-12 February 2021

Cybersecurity strategy successes shared live with you online, for free.

CISO Online will welcome an inspiring speaker line up with a comprehensive agenda covering the biggest strategic concerns for leaders in the information security space, for 1.5 hours per day.

Discover how CISOs and senior cybersecurity leaders are migrating from a technical to a strategic role and enabling business agility and growth by strengthening their frontiers.

To register please visit the CISO Online website.

Webinar now online – Safer Together – WorkSafe and the Security Industry

Safer Together – WorkSafe and the Security Industry – now available online

Tony Hetherington, the Acting Chief Operating Officer for WorkSafe, will provide our members with an update on how WorkSafe are working with all sectors to revise their approach and consider ‘work’ as opposed to just health and safety; to seeing people as the solution rather than the problem. Tony will address issues raised by the NZSA about how members and their teams can handle conflict and aggression, dealing with excessive work hours, the provision of PPE and compliance with health and safety regulations.

Tony Hetherington is an experienced regulator. He joined WorkSafe as Head of High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety in August 2018 after 30 years with GB’s Health and Safety Executive. For the last 10 months Tony has been WorkSafe’s Acting Chief Operations Officer. Tony will soon return to his original role when WorkSafe’s new General Manager Operations, Pelin Fantham, takes up her new role.

The webinar can now be viewed on the NZSA website.

From the NZSA team.