Community Safety and Information Service

The CSIS program hires mainly public housing tenants, many of whom are long-term unemployed, as paid trainees for up to a year to provide a friendly concierge service at the Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond public housing estates in Melbourne and gain qualifications in security operations.

Trainees in the Community Safety and Information Service complete Certificates II and III training in security operations. The program includes weekly classroom training and a year-long practical work placement in the reception areas of the high rise towers located on the Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond public housing estates. Here they provide concierge services such as access control, information and referral services to local residents.

Graduates of the program are supported into employment in the security industry by a dedicated field officer.

The program is into its 15th year of operation and has maintained ongoing employment rates of graduates at above 70 per cent.

The program is supported by the Victorian Government and partners with MSS Security, SECUREcorpDavid Jones, Unified Security, NSA Security and Wilson Security so that trainees can progress to jobs in the industry. 


For enrolment information please email Scott Stickland: sstickland(at)

Who is eligible

The Community Safety and Information Service program is open to public housing residents in the Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond area. Candidates must be Australian / New Zealand citizens or permanent residents over 18 years old. Candidates must not already be in posession of a Certificate III.


We value the contribution of our principal partner, the Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact us

Scott Stickland, CSIS Operations and Development Manager
Phone: 0404 080 424
Email: sstickland(at)

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