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Cash-in-transit activities

Hazard, Risk and Remedy information herein adapted from Safe Work Australia material. Definition of Cash-in-transit activities herein may not represent a legal definition.

Cash-in-transit activities involve workers transporting or moving cash in vehicles or by foot. Cash may be defined as money, coins, jewels, bullion, securities and other financial instruments. Some activities include;

  • Safeguarding cash during transport
  • Servicing and maintaining automatic teller machines (ATMs), automatic ticket machines or similar technology where cash is exposed to the public

Hazards may arise from work practices and systems of work, workers working in isolation for long periods, poor security protecting information about work procedures or practices, transport such as driving, escorting, pick-up or deliveries, security available at parking facilities, lighting available at client work sites, traffic and pedestrians at work sites, entries and exits to a work site.


Risks include but aren’t limited to robberies and armed hold-ups, hostage situations, worker fatigue and stress, manual handling related injuries, exposure to temperature variations, traffic risks, slips, trips, falls and firearm use.


A targeted hazard identification and risk assessment should be undertaken. Factors to consider include but aren’t limited to: whether the activity is overt or covert (attempt to hide cash-in-transit, vehicle marked or unmarked), regularity of client runs, time of work and periods of peak traffic, amount of cash and weight in each transfer, types of work being carried out, level of crew support and crew exposure, adequacy of communications systems used, suitability and condition of vehicles, suitability of other equipment in activity (Eg PPE, firearms), environmental factors like outdoors, hot, cold, wet or dark environments and working hours.


Information SourceContents
Code of Practice - How to Manage Work Health and Safety RisksThis code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety
Safe Work Australia- Model Code of Practice – Managing Cash-in-transit Security RisksRisk management strategy on managing risks involving cash-in-transit work. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.
Comcare – Cash-in-transit guidance materialGuidance material on managing risks involving cash-in-transit work
Code of Practice – Hazardous Manual TasksGuidance material on mitigating risks involving hazardous manual tasks.
Code of Practice – Managing the Work Environment and FacilitiesCode of Practice for managing risks involving the general work environment and facilities within it.
UK Health & Safety Executive - Cash handling and transit

UK Health & Safety Executive - Delivering safely

Information on managing risks involving cash-in-transit


Information sourceWhat it contains
Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare
Comcare - Guide to incident notificationHelps you decide whether you need to notify Comcare of an injury, illness or dangerous incident under the WHS Act
Page last updated: 10 May 2019