Victorian Department of the Environment and Water has released some details on allegations made against its senior managers in the private security industry.
The department said the detectives alleged that the state regulators had no role in deciding whether CSG related permits should be reviewed and reissued.
Victorian Assistant Director of Regulation Regulation Andrew Cottrell said the department’s policy had been “clear from the beginning” that there should be “no role” for state regulators in carrying out private security services contracts.
Mr Cottrell said all licences were held by elected members of the police and the regulator was a regulator.
“I’ve said from the outset that we wouldn’t comment on matters that may or may not be open to litigation,” he said.
He said it was important to have “a very clear distinction between a registered body (clearing licenses) and an unregulated one (private security licences).
“By definition, licensed industries are governed by the same rules and regulations as more lightly regulated occupations,” he said.
“We ensure that civil and criminal liability is placed appropriately on those licensed industries.
“Only after that remains to be decided, including appropriate penalties.”
His department’s concerns about the state regulators followed an investigation by the Australia Institute that revealed the regulator was implicated in tens of thousands of cases of non-declared, non-compliance with local governance rules.
The licensing authority for mining, farming and logging started its own recruitment and was given exclusive approval by the regulator.
Under the Corporation Act, mining, logging and farming activities are not to be regulated by Commonwealth authorities.