SECURITY professionals from across Australia gathered at the Westin Hotel in Sydney for the 20th Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence and the inaugural Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

Organised by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) in conjunction with the UK-based World Excellence Awards, the awards provide an opportunity to recognise outstanding organisations and security professionals. Winners were selected by an independent judging panel of experts.  

“Tonight provides an opportunity to reflect on the important and often unseen role the industry performs and to recognise the efforts of the many professionals and organisations who day in day out contribute to help keep us safe,” said ASIAL CEO, Bryan de Caires. 

This year’s event also marks the launch of the inaugural OSPAs – a global initiative to recognise excellence in security. 


Professor Martin Gill

"It is significant that Australia is at the forefront of this worldwide movement to recognise excellence. OSPAs events have or are taking place in Norway, Germany, the USA, with more countries to be announced soon,” said founder of the UK-based OSPAs, Professor Martin Gill commented. 

OSPA Awards

Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence – Gender Diversity: MSS Security & SNP Security 

MSS Security’s commitment to gender diversity is demonstrated through a range of initiatives to increase female workforce participation and engagement, key component of which is their partnership with Industry Women Central. 

SNP Security. SNP Security has introduced two initiatives to redefine the future of women within the company, #ConnectedWomen strategy and the Women in Leadership program. These initiatives were formed to embed gender diversity at every level of the organisation and ensure equality within the security industry.

Special Security Event: Wilson Security

The successful deployment of Wilson Security’s Tier 1 security officers and equipment for the G20 events and Leaders’ Summit was publicly acknowledged by key leaders of the Australian Government. The G20 contract was the largest and most complex private security operation in Australia.

Finalists: ACES Group, Corporate Protection Australia, MA Security Guards  and Thales.

Indigenous Employment: MSS Security

MSS Security’s commitment to providing a supportive and culturally inclusive workplace,  that recognises and respects indigenous people is demonstrated through its partnership with an indigenous recruitment training partner.

Individual Achievement – General Security: Mohammed Mustafa

Mohammed is part of the Access Group Solutions security team at the Dandenong Plaza Victoria, a site that suffered from significant problems with gang related incidents and assaults. His proactive work with local youth and gang members has resulted in a change in their mentality from being violent and disruptive toward the community to a more considerate approach.

Finalists: Blahoj (Bobby) Mitreveski and Namani Rainibogi.

Individual Achievement – Technical Security: Richard Bone

A diligent and conscientious employee of Chubb Electronic Security, Richard is known for his passion for technology and dedication to ensure every customer’s needs are handled promptly. 

Product of the Year – Access Control: Gallagher 

Gallagher’s state-of-the-art security management platform introduces a mobile application solution that significantly extends visibility and control of access and perimeter alarms. The application allows guards to become more mobile and better able to quickly identify and react to alarms requiring further attention.

Finalist: Westinghouse.

Product of the year – Alarms: Ness Corporation 

Mezzo is the latest security and automation solution developed by Ness Corporation. The smart home controller combines spread spectrum wireless, z-wave and IP technologies to handle multiple security, automation, energy management, CCTV, intercom and medical alarms. 

Finalists: Honeywell and Xtralis.

Product of the Year- CCTV: Axis Communications

Optimised for video surveillance, Axis Communication’s Zipstream technology lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% for many common 24/7 surveillance recordings, making it possible to use higher resolution and increase forensic detail.

Finalists: Genetec, Honeywell and Sylo.

Product of the Year – Communication/transmission systems: SYLO

Sylo’s Cortex system improves the safety and quality of life for many civic and business communities by combining public amenity and safety infrastructure in one device.

Technical Security Solutions – projects over $100,000: Fredon Security

Fredon Security installed a unified access control and video surveillance system with fixed and wireless duress. The installation is in an iconic building at Martin Place Sydney occupied by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and caters for VIP guests and government officials.

Technical Security Solutions – projects over $100,000: Chubb Electronic Security

Chubb Electronic Security successfully implemented a vast and challenging security project for the Department of Defence. 

Outstanding Security Performance Awards – recipients

Outstanding In-house Security Manager: Grant Frankel

Melbourne Racing Club. As Security Manager at the Melbourne Racing Club, Grant Frankel is responsible for the security operation of three racecourses. Each year over 1 million people pass through the doors as they attend over 500 events. Grant has implemented numerous programs to provide a safe environment and enhanced customer experience. 

Finalists: Duncan Parkin, National Protective Services and Daniel Wright, Executive Risk Solutions.

Outstanding In-house Security Team: Sydney Water Corporation

Sydney Water’s physical security group has worked with internal stakeholders to provide support in key operating areas of Security Risk Management and deliver an effective and efficient Physical Security Strategy to support the organisation.

Finalists: Australia Post and Thales.

Outstanding Security Consultant: AECOM Australia

AECOM have successfully provided a full suite of services from Security Master Plan and Security Risk Assessments to complex design services which have positively influenced and optimised security design outcomes.

Finalists: ACES Group and NAB.

Outstanding Security Partnership: SNP Security

SNP Security has worked closely with Qantas to successfully deliver security services for the Qantas freight business. 

Finalists: Streamcorp Armoured and Risk Protection Group

Outstanding Guarding Company: Southern Cross Group Services

Investing in technology and focussing on their staff, Southern Cross Group Services has delivered outstanding performance in all areas of their business.

Finalists: CAP Security Services and Executive Risk Solutions.

Outstanding Security Training Initiative: Chubb Electronic Security 

Chubb Electronic Security has invested in its people to enable them to meet the changes in technology, comply with regulatory requirements and enable them to meet the quality and performance expectations of customers.♦