In 2018 the Victorian Government introduced legislation for increased sentencing powers where emergency workers were assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. The legislation is known as the Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 (Vic). The legislation does not specifically identify security officers although many perform public-facing first-responder type roles similar to traditionally recognised emergency workers.

This survey seeks to identify the extent of occupational violence and aggression (“OVA”) experienced by security officers in a public-facing role. It is anticipated that information gained through this survey will be used in support of a submission to the Victorian Government that security officers be categorised and therefore included as an “emergency worker” in designated work roles.

The Security Providers Association of Australia Limited (SPAAL) is a member of the Victorain Security Industry Advisory Council (VSIAC).