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Private security registration

Registration with Victoria Police is required by any person who provides advice in relation to security equipment or security methods or principles. Registration is also required by any business offering the services of others to undertake these services.

Eligibility for a private security registration

To ensure the safety of all Victorians, there are minimum standards that all applicants for registration are required to meet before they are eligible to perform work within the private security.

To be eligible for registration 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
  • 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
  • provide two written references outlining your suitability for employment within the private security industry

Note: There is no requirement for applicants for a Private Security Registration to be fingerprinted.

Private Security individual registration

There are two types of private security registrations that can be applied for:

  • Security adviser
  • Security equipment installer

Applications for new registrations must be made via the eServices Portal

All licence and registration categories in the Private Security Industry in Victoria must meet probity requirement.

For further information, please email your enquiry with your contact details to the Licensing and Regulation Division at licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

Private Security Business registration

Private Security Business registrations must be obtained by a business wishing to provide the services of other persons operating as security advisers or security equipment installers. You can apply for a business registration as a sole trader, a partnership or a body corporate.

Applications for new registrations must be made via the eServices Portal

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 registration.

A newspaper advertisement must be placed in a daily circulating Victorian newspaper within seven days of lodging an application for a Private Security Business registration with Victoria Police's Licensing and Regulation Division. The advertisement must:

  • state the intention to apply for a business registration
  • be forwarded to Victoria Police's 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 Registration to provide the services of [Insert activities applied for ie. security advisers and/or security equipment installers]. Any person wishing to object to the granting of the registration 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."

For further information or help, email you enquiry with your contact details to the Licensing and Regulation Division at licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

Security adviser

A security adviser is a person who is employed or retained to provide advice in relation to security equipment or security methods or principles. A security adviser is not authorised to perform private security licenced activities such as security guard, crowd controller, investigator, bodyguard or private security trainer without the relevant private security individual operator licence authorising such activities.

A security adviser must not provide the services of others to perform these activities without a private security business licence that authorises the providing of such activities.

A security adviser may not install private security equipment unless they are also the holder of a security equipment installer registration.

The following equipment is considered security equipment under section 6 of the Private Security Regulations 2016

  • security camera systems
  • security audio systems
  • security audio or visual recording systems
  • security alarms
  • security alarm monitoring systems
  • safes
  • vaults
  • security intrusion detectors including motion, infrared, microwave or contact detectors
  • electric, electro-mechanical, magnetic, or biometric access control devices, but not including stock, inventory or product loss prevention monitoring devices

Who can provide the functions of a security adviser?

In Victoria, only the holder of a private security individual operator registration endorsed with the activity of security adviser can legally provide the functions of security adviser as outlined above.

Any person that provides the services of another to perform the function of security adviser needs to be the holder of a private security business registration endorsed with the activity of security adviser.

All licence and registration categories in the Private Security Industry in Victoria must meet probity requirements.

The holder of a private security registration cannot carry out the activity of monitoring centre operator unless they are also the holder of an appropriately endorsed private security licence.

Security equipment installer

In Victoria, a security equipment installer is a person who is employed or retained to install, repair, service or maintain security equipment.

The following equipment is considered security equipment under section 6 of the Private Security Regulations 2016

  • security camera systems
  • security audio systems
  • security audio or visual recording systems
  • security alarms
  • security alarm monitoring systems
  • safes
  • vaults
  • security intrusion detectors including motion, infrared, microwave or contact detectors
  • electric, electro-mechanical, magnetic, or biometric access control devices, but not including stock, inventory or product loss prevention monitoring devices

All Licence and Registration categories in the Private Security Industry in Victoria must meet probity requirements.

The holder of a private security registration cannot carry out the activity of monitoring centre operator unless they are also the holder of an appropriately endorsed private security licence.

Who can install security equipment?

In Victoria, only the holder of a private security individual operator registration endorsed with the activity of security equipment installer can legally install security equipment.

Any person that provides the services of another to perform the function of security equipment installer needs to be the holder of a private security business operator registration endorsed with the activity of security equipment installer.

Do I need a registration to sell private security equipment?

No. It is not a private security activity to sell security only to install it.

Any person who offers installation of the security equipment they sell needs to be the holder of a private security business registration to do so.

Reviewed 15 October 2019

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