National Security Screen Association

National Security Screen Association

21st October 2016

National Security Screen Association (NSSA) Re-Launch

The security screen industry is a complex and dynamic industry, characterised by a diverse stakeholder base, federal, state and local government legislation, licencing and standards. 

The National Security Screen Association (NSSA) Queensland has been the only active chapter of the NSSA for many years and has recently begun the process of driving change nationally. In February 2016 the Australian Window Association (AWA) expanded its secretariat to include the NSSAQ and accepted the task of rebuilding the NSSA to a national level.

Responding to concerns and frustrations voiced by industry members, the NSSA has affiliated itself with the AWA to create a fully functioning, member driven national industry body. This forms part of a wider fenestration related group of associations coming together to realise reduced running costs, improved services to all members and a wider advocacy voice with standards, codes and governments. The charter for NSSA is to advocate on behalf of its members, to set industry standards and drive greater collaboration and cohesion between the industry and suppliers through training, education and awareness nationally.

The new look NSSA was launched at Ausfenex in August, 2016 on the Gold Coast.  A crucial step in the NSSA re launch was the establishment of foundation seed funding to ensure the association’s future development and growth.

The association has been backed by all the major players in the security screen industry who have injected seed funding to ensure this success.  Together the seed funding companies deliver more than 80% of the security screen products sold in Australia.

The seed funding companies are:

  • Alspec
  • Amplimesh
  • Anthony Innovations
  • ASSA ABLOY – Lockwood            
  • Austral Lock
  • ClearShield
  • Crimsafe
  • Doric
  • Prowler Proof
  • Ullrich Aluminium                                           

With this generosity in hand, the hard work has begun and to date the NSSA has:

  • Created a video promoting the benefits of being a member of the NSSA.
  • Developed membership brochures.
  • Distributed invitation letters and brochures to industry from seed funding companies and the NSSA secretariat.
  • Improved the 3rd party accreditation scheme mapped back to Australian Standards (AS) 5039, 5040 and 5041.
  • Included NSSA messages, case studies and promotion in Windows magazine.
  • Welcomed 30 new members since the re launch in August.

Work in progress includes:

  • The creation of a new NSSA member interactive website.
  • Development of NSSA Industry Forums in all states and territories early 2017.
  • Significant recruitment efforts around the country.
  • Planning for the development of online and face to face training programs.
  • A review and update of the NSSA constitution and rules.
  • Further enhancement of and expansion to the accreditation scheme.

The NSSA currently has seven key areas to focus on:

  • Compliance/Accreditation
  • Membership
  • Technical
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Lobbying/Advocacy
  • Knowledge and Education
  • Licencing

Compliance/Accreditation – Creating and maintaining a 3rd party NATA accreditation scheme that ensures compliance to Australian Standards AS5039, 5040 and 5041.

Membership – Growth of membership to a level that allows NSSA to be a sustainable self-funding association that creates and delivers benefits to members.

Technical – Support for members nationally from a technical perspective via direct contact – phone and email, key messages, members section on website and technical documents.  The creation of a national technical committee that will review changes to standards, put forward proposed changes to standards, create technical support documents and contribute information for the creation of training programs all on behalf of the total industry.

Marketing and Communication – Create NSSA section in current AWA windows magazine, articles, case studies, promotion of NSSA members.  NSSA Website with accredited search member listing, key information to consumers on security products, why buy from NSSA member, other smart screen information for consumers and the security industry. Members access to NSSA logos and other promotional materials. Creation of documents for consumers on how to select security screens from reputable suppliers there will be members’ access to these documents to use with their own customers.  Promotion to industry of NSSA members and the benefits of using them.  Supplier members and installer members access to promotional materials to give consumers, big push from major suppliers to consumers of NSSA brand.  If anyone is to buy a security screen they know they should be purchasing from an NSSA member.

Lobbying/Advocacy – With existing strong government and industry links through the AWA, NSSA will automatically become a part of the discussion with these bodies; specific security screen issues can be identified to add to meeting agendas.

Knowledge and Education – Available to members as developed over time will be Key messages, online training programs on manufacture, installation, standards etc. Face to face training, guide books, consumer guides, Website information. Development of level of skills required as a pathway to licencing. Development of an industry pathway.

Licencing – Australia currently has different requirements in different states and territories; ultimately the NSSA would aim to have a nationally consistent approach membership of NSSA would be all that is needed.

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