The importance of membership
The members of the Victorian Security Institute are the backbone of the association.
For over 40 years, thousands of professionals have participated in our Institute’s various programs and events.
The Victorian Security Institute welcomes individuals and corporations within its various membership categories, which can be found below:
Subject to the discretion of the Executive Committee in Rule 7.1, membership shall be available to a person who, whilst resident in the State of Victoria, is engaged in a managerial role, or derives a reasonable proportion of their income:
- as an advisor or consultant on security measures
- as a supervisor of the organisation or implementation of security measures
- as a lecturer or tutor at a college or like place of learning providing approval courses in security where he/ she imparts knowledge of security measures
- any person who has an approved qualification in Security Management or
- as a person engaged in the manufacture or distribution of security equipment.
Honorary membership may be conferred at the discretion of the Executive Committee to a person whose work and achievements on behalf of the Institute and the commercial, industrial and Government security professional shall be deemed to have been of outstanding value to the Institute. Honorary members shall have no voting rights and are admitted to the Institute to enable them to enjoy all other benefits provided for ordinary members. Honorary members shall abide by the rules of the Institute and Code of Ethics. Honorary members may serve on special working committees appointed by the Executive Committee.
Life membership may be granted at a General Meeting by a majority vote of those members present and eligible to vote on a recommendation of the Executive Committee to any ordinary member whose achievements within the Community, personal success in the chosen profession and/ or the commercial, industrial and Government Security Profession shall be deemed to have been of exceptional value. Ordinary members who obtain Life Membership status shall retain their voting rites subject to Rule 7.1. All Life Members shall enjoy all other benefits provided for ordinary members. Life members shall abide by the rules of the Institute and may serve on the Executive Committee and special working Committees appointed by the Executive Committee. There shall be no annual subscription for Life Members.
Retired membership status may be granted by the Executive Committee on the application in writing by a member of the Institute who has reached retirement age and retires from active participation in their profession in the Security industry. Retired Members shall abide by the Rules and Code of Ethics of the Institute and may serve on Special working Committees appointed by the Executive Committee. The Annual Subscription rate for retired members shall be determined by the Executive Committee and reviewed from time to time.
This may be conferred on an ordinary member who is reasonably anticipated to be absent from the State of Victoria for a period in excess of nine months during the financial year. This is designed to reflect their continuing status as a member, while allowing him to pay a reduced subscription rate. Absentee members resuming activity within the security industry in the State of Victoria will be required to resume full membership obligations.
Associate Membership may be conferred upon any person, wherever resident, who in the opinion of the Executive Committee: has skills or qualifications which would be beneficial in the promotion of the Aims and Objects of the Institute; or as an employee advisor or consultant engaged in the profession or the organisation or implementation of security measures indicates their potential and aptitude for admission to Membership of the Institute.
An Associate Member is not eligible to vote on matters affecting the Institute however all other rights and privileges are to be enjoyed and made available without prejudice.
Student membership may be conferred upon any person whilst residing in Victoria, who in the opinion of the Executive Committee is:
- registered and
- Currently participating at a Government recognised Training Institution in a recognised Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Certificate or Degree in a security related field.
Membership shall be for a period of one (1) calendar year only, from the date of acceptance by the Executive Committee. At the completion of that year they may make application to transfer their membership to associate or full membership. This application is to be accompanied by the appropriate entrance fee and annual subscription and will be considered by the Executive Committee in accordance with Rule 7.1, 7.2.1, 7.3.6. ACCEPTANCE OF MEMBERS. If they make no further application their Student Membership will lapse.
A Student Member is not eligible to vote on matters affecting the Institute however all other rights and privileges are to be enjoyed and made available without prejudice.
Corporate membership may be conferred by the Executive Committee upon any Sole Trader, Partnership, Corporation or Trust where such entity operates within the Security or Security related industry, and
- has commercial interests in the State of Victoria, and
- is required to comply with the laws of the State of Victoria and the Commonwealth of Australia, and
- whose nominee to the Institute would be eligible for membership under Rule 7.1, 7.3.1 and
who has not previously been denied membership of the Institute and
- a Corporate member shall have one (1) vote only on any matter.