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Top 5 security functions to outsource

With the scarcity in the security space coupled with the difficulty in putting together a highly skilled security team, individuals and businesses are now looking to outsource their security functions for short or long term. Below are the most logical security functions to outsource.

  1. Security Monitoring

With many organizations not having the budget to set up their own security operations such as security alarms Brisbane, outsourcing this function will be the smartest thing to do. And thanks to top security companies who provide managed security services, businesses can now outsource this function.

  1. Incident Response

Once you have security monitoring outsourced, the next thing you’ll want to outsource is incident response just in case you’re faced with a security threat. Thankfully your security firm can also provide this service.

  1. Security Testing

Does your job involve custom development? If yes, you’ll want to outsource this security function to professionals who will help discover loopholes in your development. This way you’ll know how sophisticated your development is.

  1. Third party assessment

This is another top-notch security functions you’ll have to outsource especially when dealing with a third party for the first time.

  1. Training

When it comes to putting together a reputable security team, you’ll want to outsource this function to top security firms who will help train your team of security personnel.





7 Different Types of Gates

The task of picking a new gate is important, regardless of if it is for your industrial, commercial, or private property. You shouldn’t make a hasty choice, but rather acquire all the information you need to make the most informed decision. You will want to think about operation, cost, space limitations, functionality, security, and more. To begin with it helps to understand seven of the most common types of gates.

Each kind of gate has different applications and uses which could be more or less suitable to different situations. One of the first things to decide is which way the gate needs to open and close. This is an important starting place. It is essential to think about whether the gate will open up into traffic or if it will otherwise obscure access.

Swing Gates

A swing gate could be automated or manual, and it could be either a double gate or a single one. Single swing gates can be great if you have a small access point but you still want an automated gate. They are a pretty affordable choice this way and only need a single motor. If you have a wider access point a double swing gate could be necessary. A double swing gate can even be custom-made.

Bi fold Gates

If there isn’t enough room for an ordinary swing gate then a bi fold gate should work. These are manual. This type of gate folds inward upon itself, much like an accordion.

Traditional Sliding Gates

If you don’t have enough space behind or in front of the gate for the swing kind, a sliding gate may be the next best option. A sliding gate doesn’t have to be automated but can also be manual. It is also great for even a very wide entry way.

Tandem Gates

If you are even more confined when it comes to space a tandem gate could work best. If there isn’t enough width for a sliding gate then this is one of the next best choices. Tandem gates use a double track and move backwards in parallel.

Double Sliding Gate

This type of gate system works with an opening at the center between the two gates. When opened these gates separate and go along opposite sides of a wall, fence, or some other perimeter.

Tapered Gates

Sloped driveways pose somewhat of a problem for most traditional gates, but a tapered gate can work well in this type of situation. Tapered gates meet all the same needs when it comes to performance, security, functionality, and even aesthetics. They aren’t necessarily easy to come by and you can’t get them just anywhere. You will need to go to an experienced gate manufacturer. This needs to be someone who can design a tapered gate that fits with your unique slope and entry way.

Top Hung Gates If there is a somewhat confined entry and exit space and the location is an under croft car park then a top hung gate should work well. This kind of gate opens vertically.

Cantilevered Gates

In this situation that a track across the driveway is impractical or undesired, a cantilevered gate would be a practical alternative. If the road in question has contours or a dip or bump then the cantilever design can be accommodating.


The migration component of Australia’s engagement with Asia has grown strongly since the early 1990s, and rose by 13.5 per cent in 2012 following a modest rise of 3.4 per cent in 2011. The 2012 result reflects a 16.7 per cent rise in the number of immigrants coming to Australia from Asia (following a more modest rise in 2011) and a 2.3 per cent rise in the number of Asian-born residents returning to live in Asia (following a similar rise in 2011). The pattern of migration movements in relation to the ROW in 2012 was similar to that with Asia but the changes were more modest. Overall engagement rose by 3.0 per cent, reflecting a rise in immigration to Australia of 4.7 per cent and a fall in the number of residents emigrating to live abroad of 1.0 per cent.

Australia’s population grew by 1.8 per cent to 22.96 million in the year to December 2012, in line with the average annual growth in Australia’s population in the previous five years to 2011. The natural increase (from births) and net overseas migration contributed 40 per cent and 60 per cent of the 2012 rise in population respectively. This compares with 45 and 55 per cent respectively in 2011. All Australian states recorded positive population growth in 2012, with Western Australia continuing to record the strongest growth (of 3.5 per cent), most likely helped by interstate movements in response to demand for labour in the resources sector. Tasmania recorded the slowest population growth in 2012, at just 0.1 per cent.29

Figure 12: Migration component
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The rise in inward migration to Australia from Asia in 2012 varied across individual countries. Migration from India, Japan and China grew strongly by 40.8, 16.3 and 10.8 per cent respectively in 2012 (Japan’s from a relatively low base). While immigration from ASEAN countries also rose strongly overall by 10.6 per cent – with increases in immigration from eight members countries in 2012 – immigration from Indonesia and Thailand fell by 12.6 and 9.1 per cent fall respectively. The strong rise in inward migration from India in 2012 followed consecutive falls in the three years to 2011. These falls were consistent with falls in inward education travel from India in 2010 and 2011, as discussed earlier.

The growth in emigration from Australia to Asia of Asian-born Australian residents in 2012 was moderate at 2.3 per cent. The number of Chinese and Indian-born émigrés rose by 1.3 and 14.9 per cent respectively, while the number of ASEAN-born émigrés rose by 4.0 per cent in 2012. It is difficult to know the precise reasons for the return of these former immigrants to their home countries. While positive perceptions about economic and job prospects at home could be a factor in the case of ASEAN and China, the jump in the number returning to India in 2012 is unlikely to reflect this given that GDP growth in India almost halved from 6.3 per cent in 2011 to 3.2 per cent in 2012.30

Humanitarian Assistance

Humanitarian Assistance

The humanitarian assistance component of engagement with Asia, which combines several non- monetary indicators alongside raw aid expenditure figures, continues to decline from its 2006 peak, falling by 5.6 per cent in 2012. Meanwhile humanitarian engagement with the ROW in 2012 was virtually unchanged for the second year in a row. Despite these recent changes, humanitarian engagement with Asia continues to dominate Australia’s humanitarian assistance programs.

The pattern of generally falling humanitarian engagement with Asia since 2006 contrasts starkly with the 16-year period from 1990 to 2006, during which time the index fell on only two occasions (in 1994 and 2004). Meanwhile the sharp rise in the index in the late 1990s reflected an increase in assistance during the Asian financial crisis, and the 23 per cent spike in assistance in 2006 related to the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.

The 5.6 per cent decline in humanitarian engagement with Asia in 2012 was driven by a 23.3 per cent fall in the number of Australian NGO delegates active in Asia, and a 1.4 per cent fall in the number of longer term medical staff and teachers working in Asia. These falls offset a rise of 16.6 per cent in the number of students offered AusAID and defence force scholarships to study in Australia, with an increase in official development assistance to Asia of almost 13 per cent. Peacekeeping activities in Asia were broadly unchanged in 2012.

The marginal rise in humanitarian engagement with the ROW in 2012 reflected a similar pattern to engagement with Asia. There was a 25.5 per cent fall in the number of NGO delegates operating in ROW countries and a more modest 3.6 per cent fall in the number of longer term medical staff and teachers working in the ROW. These falls were more than offset by an increase of 46.6 per cent in the number of students offered AusAID and defence force scholarships to study in Australia, and a 12 per cent rise in official development assistance to the ROW. As with Asia, peacekeeping activities in the ROW were unchanged in 2012.