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Private Security Licences

Release date: Tue 23 October 2012

Last updated: Wed 18 April 2018

This page provides information on the types of private security activities that require licensing in Victoria and the eligibility requirements for these licences.

Eligibility for a private security licence

To ensure the safety of all Victorians, there are minimum standards that all licence applicants are required to meet before they are eligible to perform work within the private security. These requirements are outlined in the relevant form.

To be eligible for a private security licence in the State of Victoria, you must:

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Be a resident of Australia or be the holder of a current visa (with relevant work rights)
  • Be subject to a National Police Check which requires the taking of your fingerprints*
  • Provide certified copies of International Police Checks from any other country resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age
  • Not be a prohibited person
  • Be a fit and proper person. This includes not having any medical condition or history with police that would hinder your employment within the industry
  • Demonstrate competency for working in the security industry by way of completing training relevant to the private security activity or activities you wish to be licensed for with a training organisation approved by the Licensing and Regulation Division
  • Provide 2 written references outlining your suitability for employment within the private security industry.

* Please visit Requirement to be Fingerprinted for further information on fingerprinting for private security licences.

Licence Types

These are the private security activities that require a licence in Victoria. Applicants may apply for one or more licence types. An explanation of each type together with information on training requirements, application forms and fees are able to found by clicking on the links below:

Individual Licences

Security Guarding
(Security guarding incorporates a number of sub activities - armed and unarmed guard, cash in transit, guarding with a dog, control room operator and monitoring centre operator)

Crowd Control




Business Licences

Business Licence (providing the services of other persons to carry on any one or more of the above activities)

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