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| New CCTV Rules
in Sharp Focus
New CCTV regulations that set minimum standards for security
cameras in late-night licensed venues will come into effect next
Venues that trade after 1am and have live or amplified music
other than background music will be required to meet specific
CCTV standards intended to allow the clear identification of
individuals on security footage from October 6.
These premises are already required to have surveillance cameras
fitted as a condition of their licences and the recording
systems must be capable of clearly identifying individuals. The
condition also sets out general requirements including where
cameras must be installed, the minimum hours they must operate
for and the minimum retention period for recorded images.
However, a survey of existing systems undertaken for the
Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for these additional
regulations, found about 70 per cent are not capable of clearly
The additional regulations prescribe specific requirements
a minimum frame rate for cameras and recorders of 5 frames per
continuous recording of all cameras.
A general performance standard requires that stored images when
exported from the video recorder as a still image in an open
format be capable of correctly identifying an individual face.
Inspections by police to ensure compliance with the new
standards will be undertaken. The test will involve police
displaying four test photos to the camera at one of the entries,
then displaying one of the photos to another camera, for example
the camera on the dance floor or on a bar. The four photos will
be given to the licensee, who will have to correctly identify
which was displayed to the second camera. The licensee will be
able to use the images from the camera on the entry to help
identify the correct photo.
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) will publish guidelines giving
general advice on technical matters and describing the test in
more detail. These guidelines will be published on the Consumer
Affairs Victoria website.
The guidelines will not include a sample specification of a
suitable system but list the main things that need to be
considered when choosing a system so the pictures can be used by
the police in an investigation.
According to the estimates in the RIS, about $6-$11 million
needs to be spent on CCTV upgrades in about 500 licensed
premises in Victoria Ė an average of between $9,500 and $16,600
per each system that currently does not meet the requirements.
Standards are also being introduced or have been introduced
already in other States and Territories but their regulations
specify the equipment that must be used. This is not the case in
The Victoria regulations are intended to allow licensees to take
advantage of technical advances in CCTV systems and meet the
performance standards at minimum cost, by being free to use
current technology. However, licensees who donít have a CCTV
expert on staff will have to engage a competent CCTV contractor
to ensure they have a suitable system for their venue that is
capable of meeting the new standards.