Security Industry Temporary Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You may require this licence if you intend to work in the security industry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) but you are currently ineligible for an employee licence. This may be for reasons such as not having obtained the required qualifications or being under the age of 18. Temporary licences are issued to trainees who work under the direct supervision of a licensee. Licences are issued to cover 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
  • Carry 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:

  • Submit an application on the approved form;
  • Be employed as a trainee;
  • Obtain a satisfactory National Police Check and provide a record of your fingerprints; and
  • Be employed, or supply proof that you will be employed, by a valid security master licensee.

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$14.001 year, each additional sub-class.

3 year, each additional sub-class.

Other resources



Please submit your application and the following associated documentation directly with the agency:

  • Evidence of your current Australian Capital Territory Traineeship;
  • Provide a Police Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police dated no more than 2 months before the date of lodging your licence application;
  • Two forms of personal identification; and
  • Evidence of citizenship if you were not born in Australia.

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

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.