Message from the Chief Commissioner

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Overseas Applicants

Release date: Wed 23 September 2009

Last updated: Wed 10 January 2018

The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) will not issue a new licence or registration if there is less than 12 months remaining on an applicant's visa.

Applicants who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents should not undertake any security training if they: 

The LRD must also be satisfied that all visa holders applying for a licence or registration have the appropriate work rights before they will issue the licence or registration.

Once the LRD has issued a licence or registration, it is the responsibility of the individual visa holder and prospective employers to ensure visa conditions are not being breached.

Firearm licences can only be issued to Australian citizens or permanent residents. International applicants will not be endorsed for sub-activities for Armed Guard or Cash in Transit.

Additional information for student visa holders

Overseas students in Australia on student visas should be aware that there are additional requirements for the recognition of security training for licensing purposes.

The LRD will only recognise security courses completed by overseas students that are both:

Private Security Licence Applications received from student visa holders who have been issued with a qualification from an RTO that does not have the relevant CRICOS registration will be deemed non-compliant and may be refused.

RTOs registered with CRICOS may not offer security courses that are CRICOS registered. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that any course they complete is CRICOS registered prior to enrolment.

Section 5 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) defines an overseas student as a person (whether within or outside Australia) who holds a student visa, but does not include students of a kind prescribed in the regulations. Regulation 1.03 of the Migration Regulations 1994 provides a definition of a student visa and the relevant visa subclasses.

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