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Private security licences

Eligibility for a private security licence

To ensure the safety of all Victorians, there are minimum standards that all licence applicants are required to meet before they are eligible to perform work within the private security. These requirements are outlined in the relevant form.

To be eligible for a private security licence in the State of 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)
  • be subject to a National Police Check which requires the taking of your fingerprints
  • provide certified copies of International Police Checks from any other country resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age
  • 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

Licence types

Private security activities require a licence in Victoria. Applicants may apply for one or more licence types. Private security licence types are:

  • Individual Licences
  • Security Guarding (which incorporates a number of sub activities – armed and unarmed guard, cash-in-transit, guarding with a dog, control room operator and monitoring centre operator)
  • Crowd Controller
  • Investigators
  • Bodyguards
  • Trainers
  • Business Licences

Reviewed 13 March 2019