Security Industry Employee Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to work in the security industry in the Australian Capital Territory. Licences are issued for the following security activities:

  • 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.

If you are licensed in another State or Territory, you will still be required to complete all the application forms and your interstate licence status will be checked with the issuing authority. Until you are granted an ACT licence you are unable to undertake security activities using your interstate licence.

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:

  • Submit an application on the approved form;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Obtain a satisfactory National Police Check and provide a record of your fingerprints;
  • 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 master licensee.

If you intend to provide services relating to more than one type of security activity you must provide the Agency with a certificate from an employee organisation stating you have been given workplace information at a session they have provided. Additionally, depending on the type of activities you intend to undertake, you may be required to provide evidence of first aid training. Please see the attached regulations for more information regarding course requirements.

If you hold a current equivalent licence in another Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

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



1 to 3 years.



1 year with 1 sub-class.


3 year with 1 sub-class.

Application$14.00Per additional sub-class 1 year.

Per additional sub-class 3 year.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 2003 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Security Industry Regulations 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

Supporting information


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