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Regulating private security in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 98

Tim Prenzler and Rick Sarre
ISBN 0 642 24079 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 1998


Following substantial growth in the last few decades, the security industry is now focusing attention on issues of consumer protection, professionalisation and government regulation. This paper addresses questions about the scope of security work, and current problems and issues. The authors recommend a model of enhanced cooperative regulation of the industry to benefit both the consumers of security and quality security providers.


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