Thursday, January 5th, 2012
The Security Providers Association of Australia (SPAAL) has been very concerned for some time about the alleged involvement of Outlawed Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members in the nightclubs on the Gold Coast.

Since May 2011, SPAAL has been lobbying the Queensland State Government and responsible enforcement agencies over concerns about fake security licenses without receiving any real response.

Security licenses in Queensland are printed on a plain white plastic card with no security features and do not even record the date of birth of the holder. These 'plastic cards' are easily reproduced.

Details of a real licensed security provider can be obtained from the Office of Fair Trading website online licence check facility (, providing members of an OMCG with all the details required to produce a fake security license in the name of a real licensed security provider.

Online State Government Responsible Service of Alcohol courses provide yet another easy avenue for members of an OMCG to obtain the State Government qualification in any name they choose to enter allowing them to support their fake identity as a crowd controller.

SPAAL has been working with a number of licensed premises who have installed facial recognition systems inside their premises. Requests have been made to the Queensland Police Service for photographs of known OMCG members to scan into these systems. However, police have refused to provide any photographs sighting privacy laws.

In Queensland there is no breach of any law for an well behaved OMCG member to be found within a licensed premises. Licensed premises have already banned the wearing of OMCG colours inside licensed venues and now find it almost impossible to identify OMCG members without police assistance which is not forthcoming.

All crowd controllers are required by law to enter their full home address into a register at commencement of their duties. It is no surprise that properly licensed crowd controllers who work these venues are reluctant to take action against OMCG members given the threats and intimation they receive against themselves and their families and their concerns that OMCG members working on fake security licenses could easily obtain their home address from the register.

SPAAL urges the Government to secure the Queensland licensing system; ensure that Government training qualifications are only issued to the respective properly identified participant; protect the safety of crowd controllers in their work environment by removing the requirement for crowd controllers to enter their home address in a register; and finally passing laws to govern OMCG members without requiring private business owners to restrict entry on discriminatory grounds without legal reasoning and adequate QPS support.

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Security Providers Association of Australia

The Security Providers Association of Australia Limited (SPAAL) is a national not-for-profit association and leading Approved Security Industry Association (ASIA) accredited for security licence holder membership under Security Industry legislation.
Garry Oliver
P: 0414 527 800


Queensland Government Inaction Over Fake Security Licences



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