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Authority types and eligibility

This page contains information about private security licence types and eligibility requirements.

Private security licence types

There are three types of activities you can undertake under a private security licence. These licence types are:

  • You must be the holder of a private security individual licence to perform Class A activities. You must be the holder of a private security business licence to provide the services of other persons who hold individual licences to perform Class A activities.

    Activities include:

    • Investigator
    • Bodyguard
    • Crowd controller
    • Security guard(including sub-activities)
    • Private security trainer 

  • You must be the holder of a private security individual registration to perform Class B activities. You must be the holder of a private security business registration to provide the services of other persons who hold individual registrations to perform Class B activities.         

    Activities include:

    • Security equipment installer (CCTV, Security Cameras, Security alarm, safes, vaults etc)
    • Security adviser – a person employed to provide advice in relation to security equipment, security methods or principles.
  • Security guard activities compromise of six-sub-activities. These activities are:

    • Unarmed guard
    • Armed guard
    • Cash in transit
    • Control room operator
    • Monitoring room operator
    • Guard with a dog

    For further information on sub-activities, please refer to Sub-activities and security guards

Eligibility

To be eligible for a private security licence or registration in 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)
  • undertake a National Police Check which requires the recording of your fingerprints (licence applicants only)
  • provide certified copies of International Police Checks from any other country you have resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age. International police checks will only be accepted from:
    • the Embassy or Consulate General of the relevant country; or
    • the relevant police agency of the relevant country; or
    • the check provided to the Department of Home Affairs at the time of visa lodgement.
  • 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 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 two written references outlining your suitability for employment within the private security industry

Interstate eligibility

  • To work in Victoria, you must have a current Victorian private security licence and/or registration or be the holder of a Temporary Visitor Permit.

    If you hold a current private security licence issued in another Australian State or Territory and you wish to apply for Victorian licence/registration, you must complete a Mutual Recognition Application formand supply supporting documents, including a certified copy of your current interstate licence.

    Licences sought under mutual recognition can only be issued for equivalent activities that you are licensed for interstate. Victorian licences will not be issued on provisional licences from interstate.

    Interstate licence holders who wish to work in Victoria for a special event may apply for a Temporary Interstate Visitor Permit.

  • Individuals or businesses may apply for an Interstate Visitor Permit if they wish to work in Victoria for a special event.

    Applicants for this permit must:

    • ordinarily reside in another State or Territory
    • hold a current interstate licence for the activities applied for
    • be applying to work as a security guard, crowd controller, bodyguard and/or investigator temporarily in Victoria for the duration of a special event

    Note:  A special event is defined as an event of social, cultural, sporting, political or economic significance to the State of Victoria that takes place for a specific period of time.

    Temporary permits cannot be renewed and will only be issued for the duration of a special event.

    Overseas bodyguards may apply for a temporary overseas bodyguard visitor permit.

Ability to work while waiting for my plastic licence

If you are renewing your private security licence, you can still work while waiting for your renewal application to be processed and finalised. You or your employer can check the validity of your licence by checking the public register of licence, registration and permit holders.

If you have completed your renewal application and are still waiting to receive your new plastic licence card you should carry your expired licence together with your receipted payment notice.

Training requirements

If you are applying for a private security individual operator licence, you must have done one of the following:

  • successfully completed the approved training requirements
  • have your experience or training approved by the Chief Commissioner as relevant to each activity
  • any aspect of each such activity that a person is authorised to carry on under the licence

Only training that has been completed with an approved Registered Training Organisation will be accepted for licensing purposes.

It is not a requirement to have completed training to hold a private security individual registration for either security equipment installer and/or security advisor.

Competencies for licensing activities

The hours below include training and assessment.

    • BSBFLM303C – Contribute to effective workplace relationships
    • BSBWOR301B – Organise personal work priorities and development
    • CPPSEC3001A – Maintain workplace safety in the security industry
    • CPPSEC3009A – Prepare and present evidence in court
    • CPPSEC3012A – Store and protect information
    • CPPSEC3026A – Work effectively in investigative services
    • CPPSEC3027A – Develop investigative plan
    • CPPSEC3028A – Compile investigative report
    • CPPSEC3029A – Provide quality investigative services to clients
    • CPPSEC3030A – Conduct surveillance
    • CPPSEC3031A – Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle
    • CPPSEC3032A – Gather information by factual investigation
    • CPPSEC3033A – Conduct interviews and take statements
    • CPPSEC3034A – Operate information gathering equipment
    • FNSMCA304 – Locate subjects
  • Business that will operate as a monitoring centre or control room

    • BSBWOR401A – Establish effective workplace relationships
    • BSBWOR402A – Promote team effectiveness
    • BSBWOR404A – Develop work priorities
    • CPPSEC4001A – Manage a safe workplace in the security industry
    • CPPSEC4002A – Implement effective communication techniques
    • CPPSEC4003A – Advise on security needs
    • CPPSEC4004A – Monitor and review security operations
    • CPPSEC4005A – Facilitate workplace briefing and debriefing processes
    • CPPSEC4006A – Assess risks
    • CPPSCE4007A – Assess threat
    • CPPSEC4012A – Identify and assess security of assets
    • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
    • BSBITS401 – Maintain business technology
    • CPPSEC4009A – Interpret information from advanced security equipment
    • CPPSEC4010A – Manage monitoring centres
    • CPPSEC4011A – Coordinate field staff activity from control room

    Business that will employ Crowd Controllers or Security Guards

    • BSBWOR401A – Establish effective workplace relationships
    • BSBWOR402A – Promote team effectiveness
    • BSBWOR404A – Develop work priorities
    • CPPSEC4001A – Manage a safe workplace in the security industry
    • CPPSEC4002A – Implement effective communication techniques
    • CPPSEC4003A – Advise on security needs
    • CPPSEC4004A – Monitor and review security operations
    • CPPSEC4005A – Facilitate workplace briefing and debriefing processes
    • CPPSEC4006A – Assess risks
    • CPPSCE4007A – Assess threat
    • CPPSEC4012A – Identify and assess security of assets
    • BSBADM409 – Coordinate business resources
    • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer services strategies
    • BSBINN301 – Promote innovation in a team environment
    • BSBMGT403 – Implement continuous improvement

    Business that will employ investigators

    • BSBWOR401A – Establish effective workplace relationships
    • BSBWOR402A – Promote team effectiveness
    • BSBWOR404A – Develop work priorities
    • CPPSEC4001A – Manage a safe workplace in the security industry
    • CPPSEC4002A – Implement effective communication techniques
    • CPPSEC4003A – Advise on security needs
    • CPPSEC4004A – Monitor and review security operations
    • CPPSEC4005A – Facilitate workplace briefing and debriefing processes
    • CPPSEC4006A – Assess risks
    • CPPSCE4007A – Assess threat
    • CPPSEC4012A – Identify and assess security of assets
    • BSBADM409 – Coordinate business resources
    • BSBFIA402 – Report on financial activity
    • BSBITS401A – Maintain business technology
    • BSBMB401 – Establish legal and risk requirements of small business
    • CPP30607 Investigators – 160 hours
    • CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations – 130 hours
    • CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Armed Guard) – 112 hours
    • CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Cash-in-Transit) – 112 hours
    • CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (combined Armed Guard & Cash-in-transit) – 136 hours
    • CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Control Room & Monitoring Centre Operator) – 120 hours
    • CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Guarding with a dog) – 157 hours
    • CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations – 136 hours

New Competencies

As of 1 July 2020 all RTOs will be delivering the units of competencies listed below.

    • CPPSEC2101 – Apply effective communication skills to maintain security
    • CPPSEC2102 – Apply legal and procedural requirements to work effectively within a security team
    • CPPSEC2103 – Apply WHS, emergency response and evacuation procedures to maintain security
    • CPPSEC2104 – Apply risk assessment to select and carry out response to security risk situations
    • CPPSEC2105 – Provide quality services to a range of security clients
    • CPPSEC2106 – Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques
    • CPPSEC2107 – Patrol premises to monitor property and maintain security
    • CPPSEC2108 – Screen people, personal effects and items to maintain security
    • CPPSEC2109 – Monitor and control access and exit of persons and vehicles from premises
    • CPPSEC2110 – Monitor and control individual and crowd to behaviour to maintain security
    • CPPSEC2111 – Apply security procedures to manage intoxicated persons
    • CPPSEC2112 – Apply security procedures to remove persons from premise
    • CPPSEC2113 – Escort and protect persons and valuables
    • HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
    • BSBFLM312 – Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3101 – Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3102 – Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3103 – Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3104 – Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3105 – Coordinate Provision of quality security services to clients
    • CPPSEC3106 – Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
    • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
    • CPPSEC3114 – Control security risk situations using firearms
    • CPPSEC3115 – Carry, Operate and maintain revolvers for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3116 – Carry, Operate and maintain semi-automatic pistols for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3110 – Control persons using batons
    • CPPSEC3111 – Restrain persons using handcuffs
    • CPPSEC3125 – Implement security procedures to protect critical infrastructure and public assets
    • BSBFLM312 – Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3101 – Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3102 – Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3103 – Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3104 – Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3105 – Coordinate Provision of quality security services to clients
    • CPPSEC3106 – Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
    • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
    • CPPSEC3114 – Control security risk situations using firearms
    • CPPSEC3115 – Carry, Operate and maintain revolvers for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3116 – Carry, Operate and maintain semi-automatic pistols for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3118 – Inspect and test cash-in-transit security equipment
    • CPPSEC3119 – Implement cash-in-transit security procedures
    • CPPSEC3120 – Load and unload cash-in-transit in secured and unsecured environments
    • BSBFLM312 – Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3101 – Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3102 – Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3103 – Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3104 – Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3105 – Coordinate Provision of quality security services to clients
    • CPPSEC3106 – Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
    • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
    • CPPSEC3114 – Control security risk situations using firearms
    • CPPSEC3115 – Carry, Operate and maintain revolvers for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3116 – Carry, Operate and maintain semi-automatic pistols for security purposes
    • CPPSEC3118 – Inspect and test cash-in-transit security equipment
    • CPPSEC3119 – Implement cash-in-transit security procedures
    • CPPSEC3120 – Load and unload cash-in-transit in secured and unsecured environments
    • CPPSEC3110 – Control persons using batons
    • CPPSEC3111 – Restrain persons using handcuffs
    • CPPSEC3125 – Implement security procedures to protect critical infrastructure and public assets
    • BSBFLM312 – Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3101 – Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3102 – Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3103 – Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3104 – Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3105 – Coordinate Provision of quality security services to clients
    • CPPSEC3106 – Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
    • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
    • CPPSEC3107 – Monitor security and coordinate response from control rooms
    • CPPSEC3108 – Store, protect and dispose of security information
    • CPPSEC3109 – Use and maintain security databases and compile reports
    • CPPSEC2114 – Monitor electronic security equipment and respond to alarm events
    • CPPSEC3125 – Implement security procedures to protect critical infrastructure and public assets
    • PMAOMIR210 – Control evacuation to muster point
    • BSBFLM312 – Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3101 – Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3102 – Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3103 – Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3104 – Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3105 – Coordinate Provision of quality security services to clients
    • CPPSEC3106 – Gather, organise and present security information and documentation
    • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
    • CPPSEC3110 – Control persons using batons
    • CPPSEC3111 – Restrain persons using handcuffs
    • CPPSEC3112 – Manage training and wellbeing of dogs for security functions
    • CPPSEC3113 – Handle dogs for security patrols
    • CPPSEC3121 – Control persons using empty hand techniques
    • CPPSEC3125 – Implement security procedures to protect critical infrastructure and public assets
    • CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations
    • CPPSEC3101 Manage conflict and security risks through negotiation
    • CPPSEC3103 Determine and implement response to security risk situation
    • CPPSEC3105 Coordinate provision of quality security services to clients
    • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
    • HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
    • CPPSEC3121 Control persons using empty hand techniques
    • CPPSEC3122 Plan provision of close protection services
    • CPPSEC3123 Implement close protection services
    • TLIC1051 Operate commercial vehicle
    • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
    • CPPSEC3102 Maintain operational safety and security of work environment
    • CPPSEC3104 Coordinate monitoring and control of individual and crowd behaviour
    • CPPSEC3110 Control persons using batons
    • CPPSEC3111 Restrain persons using handcuffs

Additional training information

  • Providing evidence of training

    Evidence of training that has not previously been provided to the Licensing and Regulation Division is valid for 12 months from the date of completion.

    When renewing a current licence you do not need to provide evidence of training. If, however, your licence expires or is cancelled for 12 months or more, you will have to reapply and you will have to provide new training certificates.

    Currency of training qualifications

    The Licensing and Regulation Division will not accept any training qualifications or Statement of Results from applicants who have been out of the industry (have not held a security licence) for more than 12 months.

    You will be required to go to a licensed registered training provider to have your training qualifications or Statement of Results assessed.  Once assessed a new Statement of Results must be issued to reflect the current training requirements.

    Re-qualification requirements for firearms licences issued for security activities

    The holder of a firearm licence issued for the genuine reason of Security Guard (employee or owner-operator) or Prison Guard must re-qualify at an approved industry specific firearms training course once every financial year (1 July to 30 June).

    Upon providing evidence of having completed re-qualification training once each financial year, the expiry date of the training will be automatically set to 30 June the following financial year (eg. training completed at any time in the 2018/19 financial year will expire on 30 June 2020).

    The current approved security industry specific firearms training unit of competency is Control Security Risk Situation Using Firearms.

    This course is a two-day (16-hour) training program to be undertaken with an approved registered training organisation.

    A copy of the training document must be provided to the Licensing and Regulation Division either by post, email or fax, within seven days of the re-qualification having been completed.

    It is the personal responsibility of each licence holder to ensure that they provide the Licensing and Regulation Division with a copy of their certificate.

    While the Licensing and Regulation Division will accept certificates submitted by employers or trainers on behalf of licence holders, licence holders should not rely on, or assume that these parties will take responsibility for providing this documentation within the required time-frames.

    When providing evidence of training, licence holders should record their licence number on the training document to ensure records can be updated promptly.

    Failure to comply with the re-qualification requirement by the end of each financial year (30 June) may result in the immediate suspension of the firearms licence.

    If a firearms licence issued for private security or prison guard genuine reasons is suspended, a private security licence holder will not be able to handle firearms in the course of their employment regardless of whether their private security licence remains valid.

    Where a licence holder is unable to undertake the re-qualification training by the annual expiry date (30 June) for reasons out of their control they must immediately notify the Licensing and Regulation Division.

    Overseas applicants

    The Licensing and Regulation Division 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:

    • will have less than 12 months remaining on their visa after the completion of that training
    • are not able to meet the suitability reference requirements
    • are not able to meet the identification requirements

    The Licensing and Regulation Division 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 Licensing and Regulation Division 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 for private security purposes 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.

  • 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 Licensing and Regulation Division will only recognise security courses completed by overseas students that satisfy two conditions:

    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.

Reviewed 11 February 2021

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Licensing and Regulation Division GPO Box 2807, Melbourne, VIC 3001