PSL 1/2 Parliamentary Security Service Officer -Sessional

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, au
Company: Parliament of Australia
Category: Protective Service Occupations
Published on 2021-06-12 06:09:09

The opportunity

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for Parliamentary Security Service Officers (PSS) to work during the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. 

PSS Officers take pride in providing exceptional security services to Members of Parliament, Senators, official guests and members of the public as well as Parliamentary and DPS staff. PSS Officers are required to work safely and efficiently to protect the building and detect items and individuals that threaten the building and occupants’ safety. The PSS operates 24 hours, seven days a week, performing a range of duties which include: 

• screening of persons and property (this requires the ability to correctly identify all colours and shades)
• access control and monitoring
• mobile patrolling
• responding to security incidents, and
• first aid and emergency response.

Please note this is a broadbanded position.

Ideal Candidate

To be successful in the role, you must be interested in working an agreed number of days per year directly related to the parliamentary sitting calendar. In addition, successful candidates should have strong observational skills, as well as the ability to write detailed and accurate reports. You will also have exceptional customer service skills, along with the ability to remain calm under pressure and react professionally to challenging situations.

As a part of the assessment process candidates will be required to undertake physical fitness testing, which includes the following (additional or different tests may also apply):
- Aerobic – Beep test - level 5
- Push ups x 10 
- Sit ups x 20
- Simulated body drag - 50kg dummy 20 metres

Further information about employment and fitness standards in the Parliamentary Security Service can be found on the Parliament of Australia website:

Job Specific Requirements

• Applicants do not require prior experience in the security industry, however, previous experience in a similar environment would be desirable.

• Ability to demonstrate and maintain physical capacity to perform the full range of duties.

The successful applicant will be required to:
- undergo an intensive training program (paid), including Operational Safety Training. It is a condition of employment that the successful applicant must complete this training program to a satisfactory standard
- obtain and maintain a First Aid Certificate (training provided) and undertake annual refresher training on operational safety and first response emergency procedures
- undergo a pre-employment medical assessment and be declared medically fit for all inherent duties. Where additional information is requested as part of the medical assessment, such as a specialist report and/or results, the cost is the responsibility of the applicant. 
- obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance.

DPS welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

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