Standards of Professionalism

The Code of Ethics

Australasian Council of Security Professionals and Security Professionals' Registry - Australasia

Code of Ethical Conduct for Security Professionals

The Australasian Council of Security Professionals recognises that many security professionals are members of relevant associated security and professional organisations and are bound by the codes of ethics and standards of their respective memberships and these respective codes will have equal weighting and supplement and compliment the general code of ethical conduct expected of persons who are deemed to be members of the security profession.  The Council sets down this code of professional ethical conduct to guide the professional and personal conduct of all security professionals and in particular members of the Council.

This code of must be observed at all times by all members of the Council so that they remain a fit and proper person to represent the profession. Members of the profession, in particular Registered or Enrolled Security Professionals, are expected to adhere to and demonstrate behaviours commensurate with the intent and spirit of the Code.

Code of Ethical Conduct

A Security Professional must;

  1. Act in the interests of the security of society and their client
  2. Perform their duties in accordance with the law and in line with statutory requirements at all times.
  3. Act and behave at all times with integrity,
  4. Be competent in discharging their professional responsibilities.
  5. Be diligent and faith in the discharge their professional responsibilities.
  6. Maintain and not disclose confidential information to any unauthorised party and such Information must not be used for personal benefit.
  7. Not maliciously injure the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients or employers.
  8. Members must not knowingly associate with any individual or enterprise that engages in illegal or improper activities or methods for securing business.

The Australasian Council of Security Professionals sets down this code of conduct to guide the professional and personal conduct of members of the Council, Registered and Enrolled Security Professionals and the security profession generally.


Statement of Commitment to the Security Profession

The Security Professionals’ Registry (Australasia) has been established to meet the desire of the security advisers, managers and leaders to achieve, through the process of registration, an overarching standard of professionalism as required by the community. It registers such security practitioners who are determined to be “fit and proper” for registration and who aspire to and demonstrate this standard. 

Accordingly, the purpose of the Security Registry is to support the development of the professionalism of security practitioners, and overtime to establish and enhance the professional status of security practitioners as “a disciplined group of individuals who adhere to high ethical standards and uphold themselves to, and are accepted by, the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised, organised body of learning derived from education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to exercise this knowledge and these skills in the interest of others.” (Definition of ‘professions’ - Australian Council of Professions)

Service to the community is universally recognised as an essential element in achieving the status of a profession.

The concept of security is more than just protection. Security also means enabling individuals to live in their communities free from fear. Persons registered must recognise and achieve a balance between providing the competencies and ethics of ‘protection’ on the one hand with the social need for ‘belonging’ on the other. Accordingly, persons registered should ensure that their primary duty is to solve problems.

The capacity to solve problems must be both proactive and reactive. In terms of pro-activity, it must merge the concepts of protection and community. Proactive problem solving is risk reduction in action. This can often mean breaking down barriers, including cultural, social and political, as much as it may mean the need to establish protective boundaries and barriers.