NZSA – security update

Emergency staff appointments without certificates – PSPLA

In emergency situations, security firms can hire staff who do not have certificates of approval.

You can make an emergency appointment if:

– You need to hire someone because of illness or emergency (such as Covid-19) and you don’t have enough staff with certificates and:

  • The person you’re hiring has applied for a certificate and paid the fee and
  • You’re satisfied they’re eligible and
  • You tell (PSPLA) before making the emergency appointment and
  • The person has not worked on an emergency appointment for more than 2 weeks in the past (unless the PSPLA have approved the appointment before you make it).

You must immediately stop a person from working on instruction of the PSPLA.

Emergency appointments can be made nationally and are valid for two weeks or until such time the person receives their ID however appointments in Auckland have been extended to three weeks or receipt of ID whilst additional restrictions apply.

To make an emergency appointment use the F_Emergency_Appointment.


Business travel across alert level boundaries

Movement between alert level boundaries is currently restricted and essential service workers require documentation generated at MBIE’s Business Travel Register.

The government has now introduced an additional requirement that workers who need to cross alert level boundaries will have to get regular Covid-19 tests. Before crossing a boundary, workers will need to show proof that they’ve had a test, not proof that they are Covid-19 free. They will not need to wait for test results before travelling.

From 11.59pm on 9th September, employees of essential service workers who need to cross regional boundaries for work must have a process in place to enable these employees to be tested for Covid-19. Workers won’t need to start carrying proof that they’ve had a Covid-19 test until 11.59pm on 16th September.


Ministry of Health letter – prioritised vaccines

We have been working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all customer facing essential service staff (and their whanau) can receive priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry has provided a letter for distribution by security companies to their staff that provides the ability to book vaccines in most regions of New Zealand either online or for prioritised bookings, via the 0800 line services (including a Pacifika Healthline).

We encourage distribution of the letter to all staff.

MOH_security firm essential workers letter_Sept 2021


Conflict Management Instructor Training and Refresher Programme

As part of their industry role, Skills has overseen and managed the approval process for trainers delivering the CoA Mandatory Training and the facilitation of Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes.

With the transition of the Industry Training Organisations such as Skills into the Work Development Councils (WDC’s) over coming months there remains a high degree of uncertainty as to where the responsibility for functions such as this will sit.

Given the critical nature of the Conflict Management training and the necessity for continuity, the NZSA as the peak body representing the industry has worked with Skills to pick up the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes at least on an interim basis and pending future communications with the Service WDC.

As the first step in this process, we will be issuing a closed RFP for those parties identified as meeting the required skill sets and qualifications required for Train the Trainers – these include but are not limited to:

  • Hold NZ Certificate in Adult Education Level 4
  • Hold NZ Certificate in Security Level 3 (preferably Level 4)
  • Minimum 2 years delivering CoA Mandatory Training
  • Minimum 5 years industry experience

If you wish to be involved in the RFP process, please email Andrea on [email protected].

In coming weeks, we will also communicate with those approved trainers who have either gone past the two-year window for completing the refresher training or are approaching the two-year date. Given the limited communications from Skills and the difficulties in obtaining training with lockdowns etc, we anticipate providing an extension through to 31 March 2022 for the refresher training to be conducted. Those who do not complete the training by that date will have their approved trainer status revoked.

Once we have confirmed the appointment of the new Trainer, or Trainers, for the Train the Trainer and Refresher Training programmes, we will also provide a calendar of training dates and venues (including areas outside of Auckland) going forward so that the training can be scheduled and booked well in advance.

If you have any questions on this process, please contact either Andrea [email protected] or Gary [email protected].

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require assistance.

Stay safe and keep well.

The NZSA team.