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Private security business licences

A private security business may employ others to carry on one or more activities of the following security activities:

  • acting as an investigator
  • acting as a bodyguard
  • acting as a crowd controller
  • acting as a security guard (and sub-activities)
  • 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. Standard operating procedures, public liability insurance certificates, current membership of security industry, detailed resume or certificate from an approved training course must be supplied in support of your application.

Training requirements

Private security business licence applicants and holders must have either a Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management or membership of an approved security industry organisations or be able to provide a detailed resume outlining experience in the security industry. See Competencies for licensing activities

Registered Training Organisations

You can find a list of registered training organisations here:

Approved organisations

Ensure the organisation has either Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management or membership of an Approved Security Industry Organisation. See:


Community expectations

It is important that those who seek to work in the private security industry and establish a private security business are able to demonstrate that they are of good character and that they are able to run a financially viable business, endorsed by a qualified accountant.

If they have previously been or currently or are insolvent or under administration (in relation to a business); or have been declared bankrupt within the preceding 5 years in accordance with the Private Security Act the Chief Commissioner may refuse to grant a private security business Licence. Each application will be reviewed case by case and assessed on its merits.

Notification of intent to apply for a private security business licence

An important component for an application for a private security business licence is that a newspaper advertisement must be placed in a daily circulating Victorian newspaper within seven days of lodging the application. This advertisement provides an opportunity for anyone who wishes to object to the application to do so in writing. The advertisement must:

  • state the intention to apply for a business licence
  • be forwarded to Licensing and Regulation Division within 14 days of the advertisement appearing in newspaper

The advertisement must be worded as follows:

 "[Insert your Business Name] of [Insert your Business Address] has made an application to the Licensing and 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 and Regulation Division, GPO Box 2807, Melbourne VIC 3001."

Additional requirements for 'guarding with a dog' business applicants

The following information is required in addition to a licence application or application to vary a licence for any security business seeking to provide dog handler services .

To support your application and to demonstrate that the issue of a licence is consistent with community expectations you must provide:

  • details of the person within the business responsible for direct management of this activity (including full name and date of birth)
  • deployment or reasons for provision of dog handlers (to ensure only a guarding/protection role and not crowd control)
  • standard operating procedures and/or detailed information covering the following: type and 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 the dog to ensure public safety
  • a copy of the business insurance policy which references the use of dogs
  • a declaration by the applicant of the understanding of risk of prosecution under cruelty to animals or domestic animals legislation should the business fail to meet standards
  • a comprehensive resume and statement of results relevant to Guard with Dog Certificate III

Reviewed 21 February 2019