Security Master Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business which provides persons to engage in security activities. This licence may be obtained by individuals, corporations or government agencies.

Security activities include:

  • acting as a bodyguard
  • acting as a crowd controller
  • patrolling, protecting or guarding any property
  • installing, maintaining, repairing or servicing security equipment
  • selling security equipment, methods or principles
  • providing advice in relation to security equipment or security risks
  • providing training or instruction in relation to any security activity
  • assessing another person's competence to carry out security activities
  • negotiating or otherwise obtaining contracts pertaining to security activities or personnel
  • carrying on locksmithing activities.

Please be aware that you will also require a class 1 or 2 licence to carry out security activities yourself. If you are a sole trader you must hold both a Master Licence and the appropriate individual licence(s).

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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:

  • Be 18 years of age or over;
  • Be a fit and proper person to hold the class of licence sought;
  • Have the relevant competencies and experience required;
  • Have successfully completed any required training and assessment;
  • Be competent to carry on the security activity to which the proposed licence relates;
  • Be an Australian / New Zealand citizen or permanent Australian resident or hold a visa that entitles you to work in Australia (other than a student or working holiday visa); and
  • Obtain a Driver Licence, Photo Card or Customer Number from the relevant agency.

Please be aware that If you are not an Australian / New Zealand citizen or permanent Australian resident, you will need to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the previous 10 years since turning 16. Each certificate will need to be translated into English (if necessary) and verified by the relevant country's embassy / consulate in Australia.

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



Licences may be issued for one or five year periods.



Please refer to the attached fee schedule.

Other resources

Comply Schedule of Fees - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window

Approval time

Four weeks.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 1997 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Security Industry Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

Mailing address:
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124


1300 362 001


02 8835 9475


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