Security Officer Course - Defence


Security Officer CourseDefence Security and Vetting ServiceCOURSE INFORMATION HANDBOOKVersion: 6.5

Commonwealth of Australia 2013This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under Copyright Act 1968, no part may bereproduced by any process without the prior written permission of the Department of Defence.All Defence information, whether classified or not, is protected from unauthorised disclosure under theCrimes Act 1914. Defence information may only be released in accordance with the Defence Security Manualand/or Defence Instruction (General) OPS 13-4 Release of Classified Defence Information to Other Countries,as appropriate.Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to:Defence Security and Vetting ServiceDirectorate of Communications and SkillingCampbell Park OfficesPO Box 7951CANBERRA ACT 2610Email: meDateDetails6.0Anne HamiltonSept 2013Updated6.1Deb MoloneyOct 2013Revision6.2Deb MoloneyNov 2013Updated6.3Les Toth/Sally BakerJan 2015Updated6.4Di WorlandAug 2015Updated6.4.1Di WorlandJan 2016email address updated6.5Debbie GallowayJuly 2016UpdatedSecurity Officer Course - Handbook - Version 6.5

ContentsThe Security Officer course.1Course Aim. 1Course Overview. 1Course Options and Pathways. 1Course progression.1How to access the training course.2Course prerequisites . 2Nomination process. 2Fees and charges.3Joining instructions.3Assessment and recognition.3Recognition.4Disciplinary Procedures.4Health and Safety.4Staff responsibility for access and equity. 4Support .4Disability. 4Language, literacy & numeracy assistance. 4Complaints and appeals .4Privacy.5Conclusion.6Security Officer Course - Handbook - Version 6.5

The Security Officer courseCourse AimThe Security Officer course has been developed by the Defence Security and Vetting Service (DS&VS) toprovide you, in your role as a security officer, with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform your dutiesin accordance with the Defence Security Manual (DSM).The DS&VS is responsible for delivering training the ADF, Defence APS and defence industry personnel.The DS&VS is a member of the Defence Learning Services Network (DLSN), which is one of the four RegisteredTraining Organisations (RTO) in Defence.Course OverviewThe Security Officer course is delivered over two days in an adult learning environment and you are providedwith a training package that includes the: package outline training scenarios course objectives course activity books.Course Options and PathwaysCurrent security policy states that:In order to perform the specialist security roles of Security Officer, ICT Security Manager (ITSM) or ICT SecurityOfficer (ITSO), Defence personnel and external service providers must: complete training that is particular to the role and endorsed by the DS&VS, or have existing competency or proficiency recognised by the DS&VS.To be considered proficient as a Security Officer you are required to either: attend the Security Officer course attend the Security Officer course and have your skills, knowledge and experience assessed and ifsuccessful be awarded with the relevant competencies request recognition of your skills, knowledge and experience and if successful be awarded with therelevant competencies.Course progressionThe Security Officer course is based on three competencies from the PSP41612 - Certificate IV in Government(Security) package but you are not required to be formally assessed against them to perform the duties of aSecurity Officer. However, you may choose to undertake recognition or assessment against any (or all) of thecompetencies addressed by this course.The competencies are as follows: PSPSEC302A – Respond to government security incidents PSPSEC403A – Develop and advise on government security procedures PSPSEC406A – Provide government security briefings. Security Officer Course - Handbook - Version 6.5

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to perform the role of a Security Officer.The topics covered in this course include: roles and responsibilities of the Security Officer the Security Register the Security Standing Orders working with the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) physical security requirements how to process personnel security documentation Information and ICT security how to develop and present a security briefing how to deal with security incidents SAFEBASE plansHow to access the training courseCourse prerequisitesTo successfully nominate for the Security Officer course you must have the following prerequisites: a current security clearance evidence of the completion of the Classified Document Handling (CDH) course.How to access the CDH course: available on CAMPUS for Defence and APS personnel Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) personnel who have DRN access and a valid Other DefenceSupport (ODS) number should be able to complete the CDH course on CAMPUS. DISP personnel without DRN access can order the CDROM version of the CDH course from the DS&VSevaluations team by sending an email with ‘Request for CDH’ in the subject line On completion of the eLearning CDROM, please print out the certificateof completion.Nomination processIf you meet the course prerequisites you can nominate for the security officer course via CAMPUSeNominations (CAMPUS Course Code # 4181) on the DRN.If you are a member of the DISP you have two options of nomination depending on your circumstances: if you have DRN access and a valid Other Defence Support (ODS) number you should nominate for thetraining course via CAMPUS. if you do not meet the prerequisite criteria you will need to send a ‘request for training information’to and the nomination form, current schedule and instructions will beemailed to you.Security Officer Course - Handbook - Version 6.5

Courses are normally conducted in the following locations:StateACTNSWLocation(s)Campbell Park Offices, CanberraDefence Plaza, SydneyWilliamtown, NewcastleNTQLDSATASVICWARobertson Barracks, PalmerstonVictoria Barracks, BrisbaneLavarack Barracks, TownsvilleDefence Facility, EdinburghAnglesea Barracks, HobartVictoria Barracks, MelbourneLeeuwin Barracks, FremantleIf you have any queries regarding the nomination process please email and chargesThe DS&VS does not charge for the delivery of the Security Officer course but any travel costs and allowancesyou incur by attending the course are the responsibility of your work area.Joining instructionsA joining instruction will be sent to you by the DS&VS course trainer. If you haven’t received your joininginstruction one week before you are scheduled to attend the course, please email with the proposed date and place of your training.Assessment and recognitionAssessment differs from recognition in that assessment examines the skills and knowledge you have gainedas a result of completing a course while recognition examines the knowledge and skills you have regardlessof how and when these were obtained. The Assessment and Recognition processes for both are similar.This course is nationally recognised and can lead to you gaining a Statement of Attainment towards aqualification. To obtain the competencies attached to the SO course you will be required to complete theSecurity Officer course including all the activities in the course activity book.There are two stages to the Recognition process, the initial mapping using a Stage One Candidate kit and ifrequired candidates may be asked to complete a Stage Two candidate kit which is customised to address anyidentified gaps in evidence for a given unit of competency for the candidate.To undertake recognition of competency candidates are to send an email on receipt of which you will be sent a Stage One Recognition Kit andinstructions for completion. You will also be assigned a security advisor and assessor contact who will provideassistance and be your point of contact during the recognition process.If you feel that you already have the skills covered in the Security Officer course you can seek recognition ofthose skills and knowledge without having to undertake this training.PLEASE NOTE: All portfolios must be transferred in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and DSM 2:33Physical Transfer of Classified Information and Security Protected Assets. Security Officer Course - Handbook - Version 6.5

For more detailed competency information, including the elements which detail the criteria used to assesscandidate’s knowledge and skills, go to: sciplinary ProceduresAs previously stated, the Security Officer course is conducted in an adult learning environment and youare expected to act accordingly. There is an expectation that you will abide by the Australian Public Service(APS) and Defence Values when dealing with others. Should disciplinary action be required, it will be taken inaccordance with departmental or Australian Defence Force (ADF) policies and guidelines.Health and SafetyStaff responsibility for access and equityThe DS&VS undertakes to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against individuals on any grounds. TheDS&VS will take reasonable steps to ensure that if you have a disability, that you are able to nominate, attendand complete a course on the same basis as any other person, without discrimination.SupportDefence provides welfare and guidance assistance. Details of these services are contained in the DefenceWorkplace Relations Manual (DWRM) Chapter 14 Part 8 Section 1 – Employees Assistance Program – ForCivilian Employees. Services for ADF candidates can be addressed through their chain of command.DisabilityThe DS&VS is required to conduct all training in accordance with the Commonwealth Disability Act 1992. Thisalso incorporates the Disability Standards for Education 2005. Additional information on the CommonwealthDisability Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 can be found at, literacy & numeracy assistanceThe DS&VS can arrange literacy and/or numeracy assistance through the DLSN to ensure that you can accessthe Security Officer Course.Complaints and appealsIf you disagree with the assessment panel’s decision you should discuss the reasons for the decision with thepanel. If after discussions with the panel, you still disagree with the decision you can request: a second assessment from the same panel, at which you can provide further evidence to support yourclaims or a new assessment with another panel. In this situation you can provide the evidence presented during thefirst assessment as well as any other evidence that you feel is relevant.A request for a review of an assessment decision can be made: direct to the original assessment

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