SGSA Policy Guidance Consultation: SIA Sport Exemption – Regulatory Controls

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has prepared draft policy guidance regarding the existing exemption in the Private Security Industry Act 2001 for in-house staff at sports grounds undertaking Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensable activities.

Although aimed primarily at certifying authorities with SGSA licensed grounds in their areas, this draft policy guidance seeks to encourage common understanding by local authorities, sports grounds and other interested parties about the exemption.

The draft policy guidance seeks to ensure a consistent approach to the future application of the existing exemption. This includes using SGSA’s existing powers under the Football Spectators Act 1989 to direct certifying authorities to insert a model general safety certificate condition regarding the training and vetting of directly employed in-house stewards employed at those grounds.

The draft policy guidance also suggests the model general safety certificate condition is an appropriate approach for consistent application of the SIA sport exemption at other sports grounds. Most notably, for those certifying authorities with other sports grounds in their areas that are either designated sports grounds under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 or which contain regulated stands under the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.

SGSA Policy Guidance on SIA sport exemption – Draft for consultation (PDF)

SGSA welcomes feedback to ensure the proposed approach is relevant and useful.  Please provide feedback by completing this online feedback form.

Please submit your response no later than 5pm on Thursday 1 September 2022.