Judge bounces Police claim on security

13 July 2011

A test case on whether door hosts and ticket collectors stationed at the entrance to bars or clubs need security licences has concluded in the Sydney Local Court.

Police alleged that an RSA Marshall working at a Kings Cross entertainment venue should have a security guard’s licence under the Security Industry Act.

They further contended that this individual, who was checking stamps as a venue with a cover charge, was working as a ‘venue controller, crowd controller or bouncer’ and, as such, required a Class 1 (security guard’s) licence.

However the defendant, represented by Grant Cusack and Associates and Barrister Anthony Hatzis, argued that the venue employed a number of other people as security guards, who dealt with any trouble, and that RSA Marshalls do not perform this role.

"The need for public protection does not apply to someone who merely checks tickets at an entry door," said Cusack.

"Hence, cinema ushers or ticket collectors at sports grounds / theatres do not need a security guard licence."

The defence added that the term ‘bouncer’ suggests a person who physically ejects disorderly persons from a licensed venue, which is far removed from the roles of door host or ticket collector.

Magistrate Atkinson upheld the defence submissions and dismissed the charge against the RSA Marshall.

As Published on theshout.com.au on Wed, 13/07/2011

 

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