The Evolution of Security Industry Regulation in Australia: A Critique


This paper charts the main changes in security industry regulation in Australia from the 1980s to the present time, and provides a critique of the regulatory framework and the change process. Change has largely been driven by recurring conduct scandals, with governments obliged to introduce increasingly more stringent integrity checks and competency standards in an attempt to diminish widespread concerns about the industry. Despite the lack of strategic planning, a significant learning process is evident and a clear model of best practice has emerged. Recent enquiries show that Australia still does not have an optimal system for managing the industry but change has been in the right direction, with scope for fine-tuning to ensure more responsive and effective regulation.
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Published: 2012-11-05
Pages:38 to 51
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Prenzler, T. and Sarre, R. (2012) “The Evolution of Security Industry Regulation in Australia: A Critique”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 1(1), pp. 38-51. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v1i1.72.

Author Biographies

Griffith University, Brisbane
Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor Rick Sarre teaches criminology and criminal law in the School of Law at the University of South Australia. He was educated in Adelaide (South Australia), Iowa (USA), Ontario (Canada) and Canberra (Australia). He currently serves as Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and on the Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Services Board. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Police Executive Symposium. In 1997 he taught at Graceland University, Iowa, USA, and in 2004 he (and his family) spent a semester at Umeå University, Sweden.