The information in this section is aimed at the private security industry. Here you'll find information on legislation change and updates in the industry.
The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) continually assess the suitability for individuals and businesses to hold private security licences and registrations. On or off duty, private security licence and registration holders are expected to undertake their duties with their core focus on maintaining public safety, ensuring a high level of accountability is associated with these roles.
The LRD would like to remind all private security licence and registration holders they must follow each of the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO's) directives which are currently in place to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and keep the community safe.
Victoria Police takes breaches of licence and/or registration conditions and CHO directives extremely seriously.
Blatant and deliberate disregard of the CHO’s directions, endangers public safety and calls into question a private security licence or registration holders suitability to be licensed in an area that requires a strong emphasis on safety.
As a result, the LRD may conduct a Disciplinary Inquiry in accordance with section 50 and 105 of the Private Security Act 2004, which will examine the breach as well as a holistic assessment of the licensees suitability.
A range of actions may be taken as part of this process, including the immediate suspension and eventual cancellation of licences and registrations. Licensees may also be subject to a reprimand which may harm future licensing/registration applications.
Employers who ask their employees to work in breach of the CHO's directives may also face penalties.
Renewal licence/registration applications
All renewal applications (including attachments) will need be sent to LRD via email.
New private security licence/registration applications
New applications will be required to follow the current process. They should be completed via our eServices Portal, printed and then mailed to the Licensing and Regulation Division (including attachments and supporting documentation) via standard mail.
Fingerprint appointments have been suspended. Exempt from this are emergency services personnel. We appreciate your understanding during this time.
Photo Point locations
Unfortunately decisions regarding the ability for photo points to continue operating are made by the relevant location (post office, municipal shire or VicRoads outlets). These decisions are very much out of the Licensing and Regulation Divisions (LRD)’s control.
Please be advised that unless a photo is taken at an authorised location, LRD will be unable to produce and send a plastic licence.
No adverse action will be taken against your licence, should you be unable to have a photo taken. Rather, we recommend you keep your payment notice safe and attend at a photo point as soon as it practicable for you to do so.
For those who have been issued a new licence, your payment notice does not act as an interim licence. As soon as payment is received, the LRD’s systems will identify that you are licensed. As an indication, once you have made payment, it should take one business day for this to be reflected in our systems.
Licence holders who are renewing an existing licence should make payment, retain their payment notice and expired plastic licence.
Australia Post has announced that due to reductions in air freight capacity, there may be delays on the letters and parcels network that Australia Post operates around the country, particularly to regional and rural communities.
Given this, your plastic licence card may take up to 14 days or more to arrive to your nominated postal address.
Certificate II in Security Operations can now be delivered via online learning.
We will require you to:
- Email with a SOP outlining how the online training will be delivered – both theory and practical.
- Once this is received by the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD), LRD will review and approve the SOP.
- You will be contacted by the LRD once this approval has been made. After this contact, you will be able to provide this online training.
Please note, this change will be implemented until further notice as we continue to monitor the evolution of COVID-19.
As a result of the State of Emergency (SOE) declared by the Victorian Government, there may be increased demand for the use of MCO’s. This is a licensed sub- activity that is approved by the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD).
However, as there is no requirement for additional MCO training under the current Certificate II in Security Operations, LRD is willing to allow MCO activities be performed by a person holding a current un-armed guard licence activity. This is subject to appropriate in house training and private security business Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)'s until such time the SOE is revoked.
Both business and individual licence holders working in the Private Security industry should familiarise themselves with recent changes to Industrial Relations (IR) legislation in Victoria.
For further information regarding how these changes may affect you or your business, please refer to the below:
Portable Long Service Authority
If you are a business who employs workers to do security work as defined by the Private Security Act 2004, must comply with the legislation by:
- Registering with the Portable Long Service Authority.
- Submitting Quarterly Returns to the Portable Long Service Authority.
- Visiting the Portable Long Service Security Industry website for more information.
Labour Hire Authority
The Labour Hire Licensing Authority is responsible for implementing the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018. The Act introduces a licensing scheme for providers of labour hire across all industry sectors.
Please visit the Labour Hire Authority website for more information.
The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) has been made aware that some private security licence and/or registration holders are using and/or displaying a badge that resembles the Victoria Police crest.
The State of Victoria, through Victoria Police, is the registered trade mark owner of the Victoria Police crest and, as such, has exclusive rights to its use under trade mark laws. Victoria Police does not authorise the use of the Victoria Police crest by private security licence and/or registration holders. The unauthorised use of the Victoria Police crest, or any crest that is deceptively similar to the Victoria Police crest, may constitute a breach of the registered trade mark and may result in Victoria Police taking legal action.
Private security licence and/or registration holders may also be committing offences by using the crest without authorisation from Victoria Police. Section 255 of the Victoria Police Act 2013, makes it an offence to manufacture, possess, use or supply Victoria Police identification or Victoria Police equipment. This offence carries:
- a maximum penalty of 120 penalty points or;
- imprisonment for 1 year or;
- both for an individual and 600 penalty units for a body corporate.
Section 256 of the Victoria Police Act also makes it an offence for a person to hold himself or herself out to be a police officer. This offence also carries:
- a maximum penalty of 120 penalty units or;
- imprisonment for 1 year or both.
If a private security licence and/or registration holder uses a badge which resembles the Victoria Police crest or a badge deceptively similar to that, they may be committing an offence outlined above and they may be charged by Victoria Police.
Victoria Police strongly encourage private security licence and/or registration holders not to use, carry or display these badges to avoid affecting Victoria Police operations, being charged, or having legal action taken against them.
If individuals or companies are currently in possession of these badges they are encouraged to destroy them or alternatively, return them to a police station or to the LRD.
The extended transition period for the training packages detailed below expired 29 March 2021:
- CPP30607 Certificate III in Investigative Services
- CPP40707 Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management
Effective 7 June 2021, the training requirements for Security Guard - Control Room Operator and/or Monitoring Centre Operator have been adjusted as follows:
- Monitoring Centre Operator: Nil qualification requirements
- Control Room Operator: CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations
Effective 22 March 2021, the Licensing and Regulation Division will accept the following qualifications:
- CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services
- CPP40719 Certificate IV in Security Management.
All active trainers must update their security certificates to the required qualification, with the relevant competencies as follows:
- CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations (Unarmed guard and crowd control) by 1 January 2021
- CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations (Armed guard, cash-in-transit and control room operator) by 1 July 2021
- CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations by 1 August 2021
- CPP30619 Certificate III in Investigative Services (Investigator) by 30 November 2021
On the 1 July 2021, the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) will cease the practice of issuing a paper certificate certifying the existence of a private security business licence or registration.
Why the change?
The issuing of plastic licence and registration cards complies with the Private Security Act 2004 (the Act), section 40 and section 96, requirements to validate a private security business without the additional paper certificate. Additionally, details of current private security business licence and registration holders are recorded on the Victoria Police public register, found here, and used by potential clients to verify licence holders.
Private security business licence and registration holders must conspicuously display a copy of the licence or registration document at each premises from which the business is carried on, pursuant to section 133 of the Act. Private security businesses can comply with this requirement by displaying a copy of their valid plastic licence / registration card.
LRD acknowledges there is some importance placed on paper certificates within the private security industry, however as it is not a legal document, it will no longer be issued.
There will be further communication about this in the coming days on the Victoria Police website and payment notices will also include a notice letter regarding changes.
Reviewed 05 September 2021