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Facts for Security Doors and Roller Shutters from Security Licensing and Enforcement Directorate (SLED).

WHAT ARE SECURITY DOORS?

A security door is any door that is designed or adapted to provide or enhance the security or protection of property.

In NSW, any door, or indeed any form of barrier equipment (such as roller shutters, window grilles, security fencing, etc), that performs such a function is considered to be security equipment under the provisions of the Security Industry Act 1997.

HOW DOES SLED DETERMINE IF A PRODUCT IS SECURITY EQUIPMENT?

SLED may take into account a range of matters, such as the product’s specifications and the way in which it is marketed.

For example, a door, roller shutter, etc, that has no particular security features but is advertised as providing security or protection, is as relevant to the provisions of the Act as a product that is made of high strength material and incorporates sophisticated locking mechanisms.

The fact that a product may, or may not, comply with Australian Standards that refer to minimum design specifications, installation or testing methods is not a significant consideration in determining whether it is security equipment.

DO I NEED A SECURITY LICENCE TO SELL OR INSTALL SECURITY EQUIPMENT?

Generally, yes.

With some exceptions, individuals who sell or install security doors, roller shutters or other forms of security equipment, or who provide advice about such equipment (eg. by assessing customers’ needs and recommending appropriate products), are required to hold a Class 2B and/or a Class 2C security licence.

WHY IS THERE A LICENSING REQUIREMENT?

You wouldn’t want your security doors, shutters, grilles, alarms or locks installed by a criminal who can gather information about your house or business as a potential target.

SLED conducts probity checks on all security licence applicants and holders, with the aim of ensuring only the right people are licensed to sell and install security equipment.

DO I NEED A SECURITY LICENCE TO CHANGE OR REPAIR A LOCK?

Yes. Although there are some exemptions from the licensing requirements (see next page), you must hold a Class 2C security licence if you install, maintain, repair or service locks in the course of conducting a business or in the course of your employment.

Class 2B Security Seller

Authorises the licensee to:

– sell, and provide advice in relation to, security equipment,

– sell the services of persons to carry on any security activity,

– act as an agent for, or otherwise obtain contracts for, the supply of persons to carry on any security activity, the supply of any security equipment or the supply of any security activity, and

– broker any security activity, by acting as an intermediary to negotiate and obtain any such activity for a person in return for a commission or financial benefit.

Class 2C Security Equipment Specialist

Authorises the licensee to sell, install, maintain, repair and service, and provide advice in relation to, security equipment (including electronic security equipment and barrier equipment) and to act as a locksmith.

This story was first published in The Fence magazine.

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