The Courier-Mail

Security on the cheap


“GOLD standard” Australian security staff will have to accept a 60 per cent pay cut to keep their jobs protecting Australian diplomats in one of the world’s most dangerous cities – Kabul in Afghanista­n.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade last week awarded a three-year contract to British firm Aegis Defence Services after it undercut the former contractor Hart Security Australia with a three-year $72.3 million bid.

For the elite close personal protectors Aegis is offering a pay rate of $394-a-day (taxed) compared to the $773-a-day (tax free) paid by Hart.

Less qualified static guards will take a bigger pay cut.

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