A new code of practice to improve the way companies successfully engage subcontractors in the Australian security industry comes into effect on July 1, 2021.

According to ASIAL’s industry affairs officer, Steve Cropper, the code of practice applies to all ASIAL members and is designed to improve how companies can better secure customers, avoid unwanted breaches of the law and safeguard the rights and entitlements of workers.

“Subcontracting is an acceptable and effective way of doing business but sometimes it can lead to problems when it isn’t done as well as it should,” Cropper said.

“The code of practice applies to all ASIAL members who subcontract security services or are subcontracted by other security businesses to supply services to their clients. Remember though, the code is not the same as the law and if there is a conflict between anything set out in the code and any relevant laws, the law always comes first.

“There is a full list of all applicable laws in all states and territories. But the code makes things very clear by explaining the important differences between prime contractors and subcontractors, their rights and responsibilities.”

Cropper explained that the code sets out the difference between contractors and employees.

“This distinction is vitally important in protecting the rights and entitlements of workers and helping employers avoid unintended breaches of the law – the Code also addresses the risky practice of multi-level subcontracting,” he said.

You can view a short tutorial and download a copy of the subcontracting code, as well as other resources, here.