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Nominees for the 2017 Australian OSPAs are open from 1st March 2017 to 1st September 2017.

 

Once received, entries will be shortlisted by desk audit to ensure that they adhere to criteria set out for each award category. The shortlisted nominations will then be assessed by an independent panel of judges chaired by an ASIAL representative who does not vote in selecting a winner.

Nominees may nominate themselves or others more than once in multiple categories. A non-refundable nominations fee of $95 (including GST) is payable when you submit your nomination.

The judges are responsible for awarding the winners and finalists of each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The award organisers also reserve the right to not award a category if circumstances deem it necessary.

Finalists will be notified of the finalist status by email and phone. Winners will not be announced until the Awards Ceremony & Dinner.

 

To see the criteria for each category click below.

Download The OSPAs Awards Criteria

To Attend the event, please click below for nominations and bookings.

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The 2017 categories include: 

  • Outstanding In-house Security Team
  • Outstanding In-house Security Manager
  • Outstanding Security Training Initiative – Sponsored By Ramsden Training 
  • Outstanding Security Partnership
  • Outstanding Security Officer – Sponsored by Southern Cross Protection
  • Outstanding Guarding Company
  • Outstanding Security Consultant- Sponsored by Gallagher 
  • Outstanding Security Installer
  • Outstanding Information Security Company – Sponsored by Australian Security Magazine

 


Criteria

Outstanding In-House Security Team

This award recognises outstanding in-house security teams in the private, public or voluntary sectors. An outstanding team is one that has implemented an approach which has contributed to the overall performance of the organisation. This can include roles in protecting the organisation against different types of threats, some or all of which may be innovative or exemplary, as well as showing outstanding performance in enabling the organisation to operate in ways or areas that would not be possible without the contribution of the security team

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the work of the security team and the ways in which it has driven outstanding performance highlighting the key factors that have enabled success. (500 words)
  • Describe the impact of the team highlighting the benefits and value it has generated for different stakeholders. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing how the team creates and implements an effective security strategy and drives security performance
  • Highlighting how good security impacts on the wider organisation
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how improvements made to people and/or process and systems

Outstanding In-House Security Manager

In house security managers can operate in different ways, they may work as advisors to the organisation or be a head of a team or department. Whatever the role, this category recognises those who through security expertise, business acumen and/or skilful and innovative leadership approaches, have led the security portfolio with distinction. Outstanding performers will be leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others will wish to follow.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role of the security manager and the ways in which he/she has led change in the organisation including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  • Provide details of the value added by the security manager and his/her impact on the work of the security department highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the role has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the manager to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the improvements made to people and/or process and systems

Outstanding Security Training Initiative                          Sponsored by 

This OSPA recognises individuals or companies that operate a successful training scheme, which promotes outstanding performance and has produced identifiable results. There is a tendency to talk about training and up-skilling as a good thing in itself. In fact in the very least, training should most often be undertaken in response to an identified need, with a programme that is suited to best meeting a skills gap, that is well articulated and delivered, and results in an benefits in terms of better performance. This OSPA looks to recognise those who have made a difference to improving security practice via training.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the training initiative, highlighting its key features that were responsible for delivering outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • Describe how the training initiative made an impact in developing outstanding security practices in terms of adding value, improving performance or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the aims of the initiative and how these are focussed on the customer
  • Highlighting how innovation is displayed
  • Identifying the factors that enable the trainers to excel
  • Providing examples of improved performance
  • Demonstrating the business benefits and how they are sustained

Outstanding Security Partnership

This OSPA recognises a successful security partnership that delivers outstanding performance. ‘Partnerships’ is an over used word in security. Frequently partnerships are identified as crucial to good security but often may involve little more than collaboration, a very different thing. What is known is that effective partnerships are most often the result of good planning around identifiable objectives designed to deliver specific benefits, and are typically characterised by good management/co-ordination.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the partnership and the benefits it provides. (500 words)
  • Describe how the partnership demonstrates outstanding performance and why the partnership deserves this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the role of the partnership and the key benefits it provides
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of outstanding performance for stakeholders
  • Demonstrating business benefits and how they are sustained

Outstanding Security Officer                         Sponsored By 

This OSPA recognises the security officer demonstrating the most outstanding performance. It will be awarded to a security officer who is highly committed to security work, showing enthusiasm, initiative and displaying security competence in different areas including in the development of stakeholder relationships. The officer will have had a beneficial impact on the workplace positively influencing operations and having been recognised for achieving outstanding service.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role of the security officer and the ways in which he/she has led change in an organisation including the security impacts of any partnership approaches adopted with different stakeholders. (500 words)
  • Provide details of the value added by the security officer and his/her impact on the work of the security department highlighting the specific leadership qualities that generated any benefits noted. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the individual displays
  • Highlighting the factors that enable the individual to excel
  • Identifying the ways in which the individual has influenced client operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the overall value added by the individual’s contribution

Outstanding Guarding Company

This OSPA recognises those who are outstanding suppliers of manned security guarding. In the modern world the provision of manned guarding services has become a much more skilled task. Motivating staff, managing resources in an increasingly competitive and price sensitive environment, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of front line leadership, making the most of technologies, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking about manned guarding. The object of this category is to recognise the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the security guarding company and the service it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security guarding company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

Outstanding Security Consultant                          Sponsored by 

This OSPA recognises the security consultant – individual or company – who demonstrates outstanding performance in any aspect of security consulting. Consultants often play a key role in security in offering expertise and insight which can transform the quality of service, product or system that is offered. It recognises the existence of distinct skill sets and crucially the ways these are harnessed and managed to make a difference to security strategy and/or practice.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the role and objectives of the consultant and the key factors that reflect outstanding performance. (500 words)
  • Describe how the security consultant has displayed outstanding performance in terms for example, of leadership skills, a focus on the customer, by adding value or otherwise driving excellence. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the ways in which the consultant has driven security performance
  • Highlighting the key distinguishing strengths of the consultant including leadership skills
  • Identifying the ways in which the role has influenced positively wider business operations
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

Outstanding Security Installer 

This OSPA recognises outstanding performance by security installers, be that individuals or companies. Excelling at security installations requires a rounded approach and often skill sets that include security expertise, project management and customer care. Although security installations are about adding value the precise benefits will vary by type of client and type of installation. This OSPA recognises those who excel at security installations.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the service the installer provides, the main areas of outstanding performance, and how these were achieved. (500 words)
  • Describe the additional value and benefits that were generated for clients and the factors and drivers that enabled the installer to excel. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the installer displays
  • Highlighting how new technology and/or innovative techniques have improved performance
  • Identifying the factors that enable staff/leadership to excel
  • Providing examples of client benefits
  • Demonstrating how high performance is sustained

Outstanding Information Security Company             Sponsored by 

This OSPA recognises those who are outstanding suppliers of information security products and advice. In the modern world, information security is becoming increasingly important with the increased threat of cyber breaches. Motivating and engaging staff, managing resources in an increasingly competitive and price sensitive environment, up-skilling, recognising the distinct importance of front line leadership, making the most of technologies, forging internal and external partnerships and making them work are just some of the trends that are leading to new approaches and thinking about information security. The object of this category is to recognise the outstanding performers in making a positive difference.

To enter this category you will be asked to:

  • Describe the information security company and the service and products it provides, highlighting key distinguishing features. (500 words)
  • Describe how the information security company has displayed outstanding performance and deserves to be recognised with this OSPA. (500 words)

The Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding performance in:

  • Discussing the key distinguishing strengths the company displays
  • Highlighting the business approach, specific skills and tactics that underpin performance
  • Identifying examples of business success in initiatives, procedures and policies
  • Providing examples of building effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrating how high performance and benefits are sustained

 

Rules Of Entry

  • Entrants must be operating in Australia to enter the Australian OSPAs. The work upon which entries are based must be coordinated within that territory.
  • An entry must relate to work carried out within the previous 18 months.
  • Entries must be based on up-to-date, accurate and honest information. Any entry that violates this rule will be disqualified.
  • No alterations may be made to nominations that have been submitted.
  • A company or individual can enter more than one award category, providing all the requirements of the category are met.
  • Any attempt to gain unfair advantage at any point during the process will result in immediate disqualification.
  • The OSPAs judging panel are responsible for awarding the winners of each category. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision of the judges must be respected and by entering the OSPAs entrants accept this condition.
  • Entries must be submitted through the official form on the website, by email, or through procedures set down by an official OSPAs partnership organisation.
  • Entrants must complete the entry form to the best of their ability and must use accurate and honest information. If any information is found to be inaccurate the entrant will be disqualified.
  • No alterations may be made to nominations which have been submitted
  • All entries to the 2017 Australian OSPAs must be received before the deadline of 1st September 2017. Entries received after this time may be disqualified.
  • Please note that we do not anonymise the entries anymore. Our experience has led us to let the judges see the entry in full so that they can help ensure that no OSPA is awarded to anyone disreputable. That stated, please be assured that judges will mark the entry based only on the information that has been provided. By limiting the entry to short text based answers the OSPAs aims to create a level playing field where small and large companies can compete fairly. Moreover, we have found that long answers are not necessarily good ones and being required to think about and focus on the information most relevant to the judges can be helpful; it is quality not quantity that we value.