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Private Security Business Licences

Release date: Wed 24 October 2012

Last updated: Thu 6 July 2017

In this section, you will find information relating to a Private Security Business Licence.

What is a Private Security Business?

A Private Security Business is a business that employers others to carry on one or more activities of the following security activities:

  • acting as an investigator; or
  • acting as a bodyguard; or
  • acting as a crowd controller; or
  • acting as a security guard; or
  • acting as a private security trainer.

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 ensure you have either Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management or membership to an Approved Security Industry Organisations.

Please click here for Business Training Requirements

Registered Training Organisations

Registered Training Organisations offer approved training courses in order for you to complete the appropriate level of training.

Please click here for a full list of Registered Training Organisations

Approved Organisations

Please ensure you have either Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management or membership to an Approved Security Industry Organisation.

Please click here for a list of Approved Security Industry Organisations

Additional Information

  1. All Licences and Registration activities in the Private Security Industry in Victoria, must meet probity requirements.
  2. You require either Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management or membership to an Approved Security Industry Organisations.
  3. If you are currently or have previously been insolvent or under administration (in relation to a business); or have been declared bankrupt within the preceding 5 years as per Section 26 (2) (g) and (h) of the Private Security Act 2004, the Chief Commissioner must refuse to grant a Private Security Business Licence
  4. A newspaper advertisement must be placed in a daily circulating Victorian newspaper within seven days of lodging an application for a Private Security Business licence with Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division.

          The advertisement must:

  • state the intention to apply for a business licence;
  • be forwarded to Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division within 14 days of the advertisement appearing in newspaper; and
  • be worded as follows:

"[Insert your Business Name] of [Insert your Business Address] has made an application to the Licensing & Regulation Division for a Private Security Business Licence to provide the services of [Insert activities applied for ie security guard, crowd controller, investigator, bodyguard]. Any person wishing to object to the granting of the licence has 14 days from the date of this advertisement to lodge an objection in writing to Licensing & Regulation Division, GPO Box 2807, Melbourne VIC 3001."

 Additional requirements for 'guarding with a dog' business applicants:

Any security business seeking to provide dog handler services should provide LRD, in addition to an application either to obtain a licence or to vary a licence, the following information to enable LRD to make a determination whether the business is fit and proper and it is in the public interest to issue a licence:

  1. Details of the person within the business responsible for direct management of this activity (including full name & date of birth)
  2. Deployment or reasons for provision of dog handlers (to ensure only a guarding/protection role and not crowd control)
  3. Standard Operating Procedures and/or detailed information covering the following: type & number of dogs, selection, training, kennelling, registration, veterinary care, transportation and record keeping of dogs, staff training, use of force policies, procedures and record keeping of security staff, on-going testing of the handler and his dog to ensure public safety
  4. Insurance policy indicating use of dogs
  5. Declaration by applicants relevant to prosecution under Cruelty to Animals or Domestic Animals legislation
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