Australian Security Industry Association President stands aside in shadow of approaching Judicial Inquiry into the Victorian Hotel Quarantine


In a late Friday afternoon statement released to Members, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) has advised:

“With the Judicial Inquiry into the Victorian Hotel Quarantine public hearings commencing on 6 August, ASIAL President Kevin McDonald has advised the Board that he has decided to stand aside as President for the duration of the Inquiry. John Gellel (ASIAL Vice President) will act as President.

Commenting on the decision, John Gellel emphasised, “This decision demonstrates Kevin’s professionalism as a director. It shows strong leadership and commitment both to ASIAL itself and to our industry. Kevin has served with distinction on the Board for almost 20 years and has shown great leadership. I am happy to temporarily take his place as Acting President.”

ASIAL’s position as stated in its media release issued on the 2nd July 2020 remains unchanged. The allegations of improper behaviour and practices at some quarantine hotels in Melbourne are deeply concerning. ASIAL welcomes the inquiry announced by Premier Andrews into all aspects of the operation of Victoria’s hotel quarantine program.

In its submission to the review of the Private Security Act, ASIAL has sought action by the Victorian Government on:

1. Addressing the issue of sham contracting and the exploitation of individual ABN holders

2. Ensuring effective regulatory enforcement in the delivery of training

3. Improving regulatory enforcement 

4. Introducing nationally uniform and consistent security licensing eligibility requirements

5. Greater transparency and efficacy in security procurement processes on the part of Government”

Kevin McDonald is listed on the ASIAL website as the General Manager – Business Improvement of MSS Security Pty Ltd. Mainstream Media reports have been increasing in the lead up to the inquiry and have confirmed companies contracted included MSS Security, which was put in charge of the Stamford Plaza.


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