Security Officer Licence
Administered by: WA Police / Police Licensing Services
When is this licence required?

You will require this licence if you intend to act as a security officer. A security officer is someone who is paid to watch, guard or protect any property and sometimes is referred to as a security guard or loss prevention officer.

Please note that a separate approval is required if you intend to carry firearms or batons.

You may not require this licence if you are employed by one employer only (who is not a security agent) to watch or guard their property without the use of weapons.

If you are an interstate visitor and hold an equivalent licence in your home state or territory, you may be able to apply for a temporary licence of up to one year. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

What are the eligibility requirements for this licence?

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be over the age of 18 years
  • provide two personal character references
  • be deemed to be a fit and proper person of good character
  • possess a current first aid certificate
  • have evidence of your completion of a Certificate 2 in Security Operations with an approved training provider
  • agree to the Security Industry Code of Conduct
  • have successfully completed a written examination based on the content of your training course
  • complete the required forms
  • pay the prescribed fees.

You may be required to give your fingerprints and palm prints. If you have not been a resident of Australia for the last five years you will require an Overseas Police Clearance.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

How much does this licence cost?
Application $324.00 One year or less.
$333.00 Three years.
Miscellaneous $111.00 Fingerprint fee.
Renewal $208.00

How often do you need to apply for this licence?
Duration: Licences are initially issued for one or three years. Licences are renewed for three years thereafter.

Are there any specific application requirements?

You must submit your application form in person. Do not sign your form until you present it to the licencing agency.

What forms are available?

What documents provide more information?
Overseas Police Certificates - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

How long does it take to get this licence?
New applications will be processed in 30 working days. Renewals and endorsements will be processed in 20 working days.

What legislation specifies this requirement?
  • Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996
  • Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997

Who can you talk to for more information?

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Last updated: 18/10/2019 10:21:47

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