Mapping the Australian Security Industry

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Title Mapping the Australian Security Industry
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Security Journal
Editor Martin Gill
Year Published 2005
Place of publication UK
Publisher Perpetuity Press
Abstract This study was designed in response to media claims about dramatic growth in the size of the security industry in Australia, following lethal incidents involving security personnel. All available sources on the size and dimensions of, and changes in, the industry were analysed—primarily occupational data from the national census and government licensing figures. The findings were compared to police and population figures. Overall, the research did not result in a definitive set of figures. Census data for persons' main occupations in security-related work and in the police respectively show a ratio of 1.2:1, while the numbers of licences indicate there are just over twice as many individual security providers as police. It is likely that many of these licence holders work part-time. Growth in the industry has outpaced that of the police and the population. The most recent census figures for a five-year period show that while the Australian population increased by 6.0 per cent and the police by 6.5 per cent, the number of security providers grew by 31.1 per cent. The study concludes by emphasising how the public is now highly dependent on security services, but current issues suggest the need for more sophisticated regulation to improve conduct and quality of service.
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Volume 18
Issue Number 4
Page from 51
Page to 64
ISSN 0955-1662
Date Accessioned 2006-03-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Law Enforcement
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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