Parliamentary Security Service (PSS) performs a range of contemporary security
functions in Parliament House. The PSS operates 24 hours, seven day a week and PSS
staff provide security services and response capability, with duties including,
but not being limited to:
entry screening of persons and property
- access control and monitoring
- immediate response to security incidents, and
- first aid and emergency response.
Who we are looking for
is looking to employ people who are responsive, have the right attitude, want
to be challenged and demonstrate a desire to learn. Successful applicants will
possess strong communication skills
great customer service ethics
- value team work and team cohesion, and
- demonstrate values of honesty, integrity and accountability.
employees of DPS are required to be able to provide professional, courteous and
impartial advice and services to all Senators and Members, official guests and
members of the public.
What is expected?
Behaviour and appearance
PSS officers are issued with official uniforms and
appropriate personal protective equipment and are expected to maintain a
well-groomed, professional appearance whilst adhering to required policies and
procedures at all times.
Specific rules or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be
in place for certain teams and locations to meet operational, hygiene and workplace
health and safety requirements.
Health and fitness
a PSS officer, you will be required to perform a number of duties that require
an appropriate level of physical fitness. PSS officers are
often required to undertake physical tasks such as:
- standing for prolonged periods
walking up to 6 kilometres a day
- climbing stairs and ladders, and
- entering and working in confined spaces.
In an emergency, PSS officers may also be required to:
- move rapidly to a specific area of the building,
react quickly and swiftly to situations, and
- utilise unarmed defensive tactics to remove of
persons from the building.
Prior to employment, you will need to undertake a Pre-Employment
Functional Assessment (PEFA). The PEFA is designed to ensure you have the
required level of physical fitness to perform the role of a PSS officer. The
testing techniques applied assess physical traits such as strength, endurance and flexibility and are specifically tailored to
the PSS role.
PSS officers are also expected to maintain an appropriate level of
physical fitness after employment.
PSS officers occupy a position of trust. It is
a condition of your engagement to the PSS that you hold, or obtain within a
reasonable period, a security clearance to the required level. The positions
within the PSS have been identified as requiring a security clearance of
Negative Vetting Level 1. Persons who hold a security clearance must be
If your engagement takes effect before the
Department has the result of your security assessment, and you are subsequently
assessed as not meeting the requirements for the security clearance, your
employment may be terminated.
How to join?
The recruitment process for the PSS is a multi-stage process as listed
- applications must be lodged online
- short listing
- assessment day
- pre-Employment Functional Assessment
- offer of employment and medical, and
- assessed ongoing suitability.
Applications must be submitted online and address the
selection criteria and address all aspects as detailed in the advertisement.
purpose of the assessment day is to assess whether you have the necessary
abilities and skills to perform the role of a PSS
officer. The assessment day program is designed to test abilities in the
following key areas:
- written and observational
- oral, and
- customer service.
Candidates will then participate in an interview.
The fitness standards for entry to the PSS consist of
shuttle run, push-ups, sit ups, wall sit (squat) hand strength and a simulated body drag.
PSL1/2 requirements: Level 5 Shuttle run, 10
push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 40 second wall sit, 48kg hand grip (male) – 26kg hand
grip (female) – and a simulated body drag.
What happens next?
All training as a PSS employee is provided by the department
and is free of charge with PSS recruits being paid a salary whilst they undergo
their training. Induction training typically includes training in areas such
- security procedures specifically for the Parliament of
- first aid
- unarmed defensive tactics,
- report writing and communication skills,
- x-ray and Explosives Trace Detection screening, and
- many other areas relevant to a modern security environment.
Failure to complete any module of the initial recruitment
training may result in termination of employment. In certain circumstances, remedial
training may be offered however this is not guaranteed and DPS reserves the
right to terminate the employment of a prospective applicant who cannot meet
the core competencies during training.
PSS staff are expected to undergo on-going annual competency training and assessment
in areas including but not limited to:
- defensive tactics
- security screening techniques, and
- first aid.
Wherever possible the PSS trains to national units of
competency, resulting in a Qualification or Statement of Attainment.
For additional information regarding the recruitment process
or Security positions please contact the Security Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org