The Growth of the Security Industry in Australia

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The security industry is present in everyday life and is currently undergoing a state of rapid growth, with the Future of Global Information Security forecast showing that the Australian market increased by 12.2 percent in 2013, up from $1.5 billion in 2012. This has a lot to do with the advancement in IT related security incidents but also the consistent increases in complexity of targeted attacks, coupled with the necessity of organisations to address regulatory compliance-related issues which continue to support healthy security market growth.


Trends in the Security Industry

The use of private security in crime prevention and law enforcement activities has grown to a point where security personnel outnumber police by more than two-to-one. With the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data, providing a detailed and up-to-date picture of the security industry and makes a key comparison with police. Findings showed that in Australia in 2006, there were 52,768 personnel employed full-time in the security industry, compared with 44,898 police where a decade ago, police had outnumbered security.

When comparing the characteristics of security to police personnel, both industries have similar ratios of male to female employees (approximately 76% to 24% respectively), however security personnel frequently occupy an older age demographic than police. Available data also indicates encouraging news with over 5,000 security and investigative businesses registered in Australia, and over 110,000 licenses issued primarily to individuals. About half of the market share in the security industry is also indicated to be made up by five large security firms.

As the sector is expected to continue to grow, especially with the increase in electronic surveillance, monitoring and cash-in-transit the need for professionally licensed security personnel is rising to fill void of employees.

Why take a Security Training Course?

A Security licence is required for a person, partnership or corporation that engages crowd controllers, security officers, bodyguards, private investigators, security adviser and security equipment installers and supplies who charge a fee for their services.

Taking a security training course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to act as security personnel in a range of careers, with courses on offer to teach you the basics or help you grow in the industry. Courses range from fundamentals in security and crowd Control, to more advanced weapon handling, with RAM training offering a comprehensive security training package. A career in security is a terrific option, with security guards always in high demand RAM Training will equip candidates with all the tools necessary to begin a job in the security industry. With security training courses run at a variety of locations throughout Queensland.

RAM Training’s security courses have competitive prices and government funding is currently available for the Certificate III in Security Operations.

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
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