2014’s Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence were presented at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney late October.

AN initiative of Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the annual Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence promote and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of security professionals. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.

In its 19th year, the Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence recognised following outstanding individuals and organisations for their achievements throughout 2014.

The Security Student of the Year Award went to Aziz Raonaq, of Crown Melbourne Ltd. Aziz came to Australia as a migrant with little English. Working in a factory by day, he completed a Certificate II in Security Operations by night, allowing him to gain employment in the security industry.

Selected by Crown Melbourne for their Talent Management Program, Aziz went on to complete a Diploma in Management in July 2014. He has since embarked on a rewarding career in the security industry; displaying a high level of professionalism across all aspects of his work and providing consistently outstanding customer service.

The Training Award went to MSS Security, which has developed a Learning Management System enables the company to monitor the training and compliance status of employees working across all sites, and allows employees access to their training records and the enrol themselves in other courses.

The system delivers a skills enhancement program that matches position descriptions to actual tasks required. A skills gap analysis compares required tasks with the individual’s skill level, enabling training programs to be developed and skills deficiencies to be identified.

Chubb Fire and Security won the Award for Integrated Security Solutions above $250,000

The Award for Integrated Security Solutions above $250,000 was won by Chubb Fire and Security for its work on the Attorney General’s Project. The project involved the upgrade of security and surveillance systems across the ACT. 

It included installation of a state-of-the-art integrated enterprise solution that included IP video management, advanced intelligent analytics and intrusion detection. The system, including all cameras, was interconnected using an optical fibre network back to the Australian Federal Police 24/7 Operations and Coordination Centre.

Fredon Security took out the award for Integrated Security Solutions under $250,000

The Integrated Security Solutions under $250,000 was won by Fredon Security for West Belconnen ESA. Fredon Security was engaged to provide and install a highly automated security system for the first station to be built as part of the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s station upgrade and relocation program.

Each of the station’s inhabitants required a unified control panel with a simple user interface to execute multiple functions with feedback to the operator. Fredon Security worked with multiple stakeholders to develop a solution for the unique integration challenges.

Hayley Morgan won The Individual Achievement, Security Management Award

The Individual Achievement, Security Management Award was won by Hayley Morgan, of CAP Security Services for the 1300SMILES Stadium Contract. Having won the security management contract for the North Queensland Cowboys stadium, Haley set about transforming security arrangements at the SMILES stadium. As a result of her hands-on and consultative management style service delivery standards at the stadium have improved significantly.

Moe Abdallah, Individual Achievement, General Security

The Individual Achievement, General Security was awarded to Mouhamed ‘Moe’ Abdallah, of Wilson Security for saving 2 lives. Moe is Wilson Security’s site supervisor at the Commonwealth Law Courts. Over the past 12 months, Moe has saved the lives of 2 solicitors who suffered heart attacks by performing CPR and using a defibrillator until paramedics arrived. A statement by the court advised that had the 2 separate incidents gone unnoticed both solicitors would have died. The attending doctor described Moe’s actions as a miracle.

Charter Security, Special Security Event or Project Award

The Special Security Event or Project Award was won by Charter Security for the World Aids Conference – Melbourne 2014. Charter Security provided event security for the largest conference in the world in 2014; the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne. The conference attended by 14,000 delegates, included 1,000 media representatives, world leaders and celebrities.

In-house Security Team was won by the Australian Turf Club

The award for In-house Security Team was won by the Australian Turf Club’s innovative in-house security team which has delivered a safe, desirable and rewarding experience for hundreds of thousands of race goers, over four Sydney racecourses covering over 750 acres.

Highly Commended for training, SNP's Tom Roche, with Joan Whelan

Highly Commended awards went to SNP in the training segment for ASIAL’s eLearning program, while Sensen Networks attained a high commendation in the integrations under $250,000 for its work on the West Gate Bridge project. 

Sensen Networks' Dr Subhash Challahigh accepts a commendation in the integrations under $250,000 from ASIAL's Kevin McDonald

ASIAL CEO Bryan de Caires said that, in a changing security environment, the private security industry is performing a vital and ever growing role.

“Tonight’s awards reflect the diverse range of services provided and recognises the key role performed by the industry in safeguarding the Australian community,” de Caires said.