Security Industry Temporary Visitor Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are from a state other than the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and intend to provide, and / or employ people to provide, security activities at a special event in the ACT.

If you intend to provide security activities at a special event you will require a Employee Temporary Visitor Licence.

If you intend to employ people to provide security activities you will require a Masters Temporary Visitor Licence.

Please be aware that the purpose of this licence is to allow for security providers from other states to operate in the ACT for a special event which, due to its size or the skills required, the ACT security industry is unable to manage. If you intend to apply for a Masters Temporary Security Licence you must be able to demonstrate why the ACT security industry is unable to provide adequate security for the event.

A special event is approved by the Agency, occurs for a specific period of time and may be of importance for the following reasons:

  • Social;
  • Cultural;
  • Sporting;
  • Political; or
  • Economic.

Security activities include:

  • Patrolling, guarding, watching or protecting property (including cash in transit);
  • Acting as a crowd controller;
  • Acting as a bodyguard;
  • Providing advice about security equipment;
  • Selling security equipment;
  • Installing, maintaining, monitoring, repairing or servicing security equipment;
  • Acting as a security consultant; and
  • Carrying out surveys and inspections of security equipment.

Although a licence may allow the use of firearms for a security related purpose, you must also comply with all relevant firearms licence requirements.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Hold a full licence, from any state, for the services you intend to provide at the special event;
  • Submit an application on the approved form;
  • Meet the prescribed competency standards for the registration you are seeking, or be assessed as having experience and skills that meet or exceed the prescribed standards; and
  • Be employed, or supply proof that you will be employed, by a valid Security Industry Master Licensee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


1 year.



With 1 sub-class.

Application$14.00Per each additional sub-class

Other resources

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 2003 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601


02 6207 3000


13 22 81

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