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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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.
Pages:38 to 51
Section: Articles


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Author Biographies

Griffith University, Brisbane
Australia Australia
Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Australia Australia
Professor in Law, Division of Business, School of Law
Open Access Journal
ISSN 2202-8005