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Guard with a Dog

Release date: Wed 2 January 2013

Last updated: Wed 22 February 2017

Under Section 3 of the Private Security Act 2004, a person employed to protect, watch or guard any property can patrol while exercising control over a dog.

Dogs cannot be used for any other security licence activity such as crowd controlling.

Commercial yard dogs that are left on their own at premises as a deterrent are not captured by the Private Security Act 2004.

As with all security work, a person must be appropriately licenced to undertake Guard with a Dog activities.

Licence holders working with dogs must ensure they are complying with relevant animal industry laws and standards in addition to their obligations under the Private Security Act 2004.

Relevant animal industry laws and standards include:

  • Domestic Animals Act 1994
  • Domestic Animals Regulations 2015
  • Code of Practice for the Operation of Dog Training Establishments
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

The Licensing and Regulation Division does not provide information about animal training. For further information regarding dog training establishments please access information on the Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Do dogs used for Guard with Dog activities need to be trained?
  2. What breed of dog can be used for security guard work?
  3. What are the training requirements for the Guard with a Dog sub-activity?
  4. What evidence of training are new applicants required to provide to have a licenced endorsed with the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog?
  5. What are existing licence holders required to provide to have a licence endorsed with the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog?
  6. What if I want to become a trainer for guarding with a dog as a security activity?

 

1. Do dogs used for Guard with Dog activities need to be trained?
Yes. It will be a condition of any security guard licence endorsed with the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog that dogs used for security purposes are trained to the minimum obedience level as defined by Regulation 52 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2015.

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2. What breed of dog can be used for security guard work?
The Private Security Act 2004 does not stipulate what breeds of dog that can be used for security guard work.

If you decide to use a dog that had completed protection training it must be a breed of dog specific to those breeds outlined in section 4.3 of the 'Code of Practice for the Operation of Dog Training Establishments'.

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3. What are the training requirements for the Guard with a Dog sub-activity?
LRD requires applicants to be able to demonstrate 15 units of competency for a Certificate III -Guarding with a Dog needed for licensing purposes. Many of the competency units required for this certificate are included in several other licensing courses.

The full list of required competencies for licensing activities required by the Licensing and Regulation Division can be found here.

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4. What evidence of training are new applicants required to provide to have a licenced endorsed with the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog?
To demonstrate the required training competencies required for a Certificate III - Guarding with a Dog, new applicants must provide:

  • A certified copy of their statement of results for CPPSEC3010A and CPPSEC3011A as issued by an approved RTO; and
  • A certified copy of their Statement of Results for remaining units of competency issued by an approved RTO.

The full list of required competencies for licensing activities required by the Licensing and Regulation Division can be found here.

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5. What are existing licence holders required to provide to have a licence endorsed with the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog?
Any person applying to have the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog added to their licence will need to be able to demonstrate the licensing requirements for a Certificate III-Guarding with a Dog.

Existing licence holders wanting to add the sub-activity of Guard with a Dog must provide:

  • Completed Application to Vary form;
  • A certified copy of their statement of results for CPPSEC3010A and CPPSEC3011A as issued an approved RTO; and
  • A certified copy of their statement of results demonstrating any other units of competency that have not previously been provided to LRD.

You can check the full list of competencies required for licensing purposes here.

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6. What if I want to become a trainer for guarding with a dog as a security activity?
Any person seeking to obtain a private security trainer licence will find further information about the requirements and process by accessing information on Private Security Trainers.

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