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Security Guards

Release date: Wed 24 October 2012

Last updated: Thu 6 July 2017

In this section, you will find information relating to Security Guard and its six sub-activities.

What is a Security Guard?

A person who is employed or retaining to protect, watch or guard any property by any means including -

a) By patrolling the property in person; or

b) By monitoring the property by operating a security system that utilises closed circuit television, a closed monitoring system, radio or other similar alarm device.

What are security guard sub-activities?

The activity of security guard has been divided in to six sub-activities, each requiring specialised training qualifications. A person may be licensed to undertake multiple sub-activities dependent on their training.

The six sub-activities are as follows:

- Unarmed Guard: A person who is employed or retained to protect, watch or guard any property whilst unarmed.

- Armed Guard: A person who is employed or retained to protect, watch or guard any property whilst being armed with a firearm.

- Cash in Transit: A person employed to collect, transfer and/or deliver cash or other valuables whilst being armed with a firearm.

- Control Room Operator: A person who monitors activity, usually by way of a bank of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors or similar means; and may be required to respond in person and/or conduct additional guarding duties such as patrolling. A Control room is typically on-site but may be off-site as part of a remote monitoring centre.

- Monitoring Centre Operator: A person who is employed to work in a centre which forms the monitoring component of intruder alarm systems. A monitoring centre operator may be required to interpret signals from alarms transmitted to the centre and cause appropriate action, or relay and receive situation report communications to and from manpower operatives. Monitoring Centre Operatives do not conduct patrols, routinely leave the monitoring centre to respond to a situation, or conduct, supervise or coordinate manpower activities.

- Guard with a Dog: A person who is employed or retained to protect, watch or guard any property while exercising control over a dog. For more information about guard with a dog, click here.

Working with firearms in the private security industry

The sub-activities of armed guard and cash in transit described above require the use of a firearm. Persons performing these activities with a firearm may only do so provided they are the holder of a current firearms licence in addition to a private security licence.

The granting of firearm licences is also handled by the Licensing & Regulation Division. Click here for information on obtaining a firearms licence for performing security duties.
 

Applications for new licences must be made via the eServices Portal. Applications to vary an existing licence must be made using the Application to Vary a Licence/Registration to include additional security activities form.

Training Requirements

Please click here for Training Requirements

Registered Training Organisations

Please click here for Registered Training Organisations

Additional Information

  • All Licence and Registration categories in the Private Security Industry in Victoria must meet probity requirements.
  • All prospective Private Security Licence holders may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). It is encouraged to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to see about the availability or RPL.
  • Over calibre handguns must not be possessed, carried or used under a General Category Private Security Handgun Licence unless approval has been sought from the Chief Commissioner in exceptional and legitimate circumstances.
  • Restricted ammunition must not be possessed, carried or used for security purposes unless a permit has been sought from the Chief Commissioner in exceptional and legitimate circumstances.
  • WorkSafe has developed some practical occupational health and safety guides for crowd controllers and cash-in-transit operators.

     
 
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