Physical security


Relevant legislations and standards

The design of your physical security measures must comply with the following acts and any associated regulations or codes:

Standards, handbooks, and codes

When your organisation is implementing physical security measures, use the following standards, handbooks, and codes to guide you.


Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS and NZS)

  • AS 3555.1:2003 Building elements - Testing and rating for intruder resistance
  • AS/NZS 2343:1997 Bullet-resistant panels and elements
  • AS 1725:2003 Chain-link fabric security fencing and gates
  • AS/NZS 3016:2002 Electrical installations - Electric security fences
  • AS/NZS 2201.5:2008 Intruder alarm systems - Alarm transmission systems
  • AS/NZS 2201.1:2007 Intruder alarm systems - Client's premises- Design, installation, commissioning and maintenance
  • AS 2201.3:1991 Intruder alarm systems - Detection devices for internal use
  • AS 2201.2:2004 Intruder alarm systems - Monitoring centres
  • AS 4145.2:2008 Locksets and hardware for doors and windows - Mechanical locksets for doors and windows in buildings
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems
  • AS/NZS 3809:1998 Safes and strongrooms

British Standards (BS)

  • PAS 69:2013 Guidelines for the specification and installation of vehicle security barriers
  • BS EN 14450:2005 – Secure storage units. Requirements, classifications and methods of test for resistance to burglary. Secure safe cabinets
  • BS 1722–14:2016 Fences – Specification for open mesh steel panel fences
  • BS 1722–12:2016 Fences – Specification for steel palisade fences

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS)

  • JIS S 1037 – Standard Fire Test

UL Standards

  • UL 72 – Tests for fire resistance of records protection equipment
  • UL 687 – Burglary-resistant safes

American and Canadian standards

  • US FIPS 201
  • CAN/ULC-S319 Electronic access control systems


  • HB 327:2010 Communicating and Consulting About Risk
  • Designing out Crime: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • IES-G-1-03 Guidelines on Security Lighting for People, Property, and Public Spaces
  • HB 328:2009 Mailroom Security
  • Privacy and CCTV: A guide to the Privacy Act for businesses, agencies and organisations
  • New Zealand Information Security Manual (NZISM) – Product sanitisation and disposal – media disposal
  • NZISM – Telephones and telephone systems
  • HB 167:2006 Security risk management


  • The New Zealand Building Code

Guidance for establishing zone 3, 4, or 5 areas

The following classified material will guide you when you’re establishing zone 3, 4 or 5 areas. Contact the PSR team for more information.

  • NZSIS Approved Products List (APL)
  • NZSIS Technical Note – Class A Secure Room
  • NZSIS Technical Note - Class B Secure Room
  • NZSIS Technical Note - Class C Secure Room
  • NZSIS Technical Note – Physical Security of Intruder Resistant Areas
  • NZSIS Technical Note – Physical Security of Secure Areas
  • NZSIS Technical Note – Physical Security of Zone 5 Areas


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