Security Provider Licence - Class 1 - Queensland

Service summary

You require a security providers licence - individual - Class 1 if you are a natural person who offers the following function/s:

  • bodyguard
  • private investigator
  • crowd controller
  • security officer (cash in transit, unarmed, monitoring, dog patrol).

If you are entering the industry prior to completing the required training you can apply for a restricted licence. Restricted licence holders must be under the direct supervision of a licensed security provider who holds an unrestricted or open licence to perform the same function. A restricted licence is for a duration of 6 months and is not renewable and can only be applied for once. You must complete training and apply for an unrestricted licence within 6 months.

You can apply for a single function or multiple function licence.

Service type


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

Definition of terms


a person who, for reward, provides a close personal protection service

Crowd controller

a person who, for reward, is at a public place principally for keeping order in or about the public place, including, for example, by doing any of the following

  1. screening the entry of persons into the place;
  2. monitoring or controlling the behaviour of persons in the place; .
  3. removing persons from the place.
Natural person

any individual.

Persons exempt

the following persons whilst acting in the capacity of the listed employment: members of the defence forces of the Commonwealth; employees of the Crown; Ministers of the Crown; a police officer or a member of the police service of the Commonwealth, another State or Territory; a casino employee or key casino employee within the meaning of the Casino Control Act 1982.

Private investigator

a person who, for reward

  1. obtains and gives private information about another person, without the other person's express consent; or
  2. carries out surveillance for obtaining private information about another person, without the other person's express consent; or
  3. investigates the disappearance of a missing person.
Security officer

a person who, for reward, guards, patrols or watches another person's property, with or without a guard dog, including by

  1. personally patrolling the property; or
  2. personally monitoring the property by operating an audiovisual or visual recording system, a radio or other electronic monitoring device.

Eligibility requirements

What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?

It is a prerequisite to the issue of a licence that you complete an approved training course.

To obtain this licence you must:


be at least 18 years of age;


have completed an approved training course (unless applying for a restricted licence);


if notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (Qld) Act 2003 be authorised to practice an occupation equivalent to the Queensland occupation covered by this licence in a participating State or Territory or in New Zealand.

Please Note: applicants who hold a New South Wales provisional security licence are not eligible to apply for security licences in Queensland under the Mutual Recognition Act. Queensland does not have an equivalent provisional licence. In order to be eligible to apply for a security licence under the Mutual Recognition Act the applicant must hold an unrestricted licence.


You cannot transfer this licence.


This licence will remain in effect for 12 months or 3 years. You will be issued with a renewal notice annually or every 3 years, approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date.



Criminal history check




Class 1 multiple restricted (6 months)


Class 1 single restricted (6 months)


Licence class 1 multiple 3 years unrestricted


Licence class 1 multiple 1 year unrestricted


Licence class 1 single 3 year unrestricted


Licence class 1 single 1 year unrestricted


Submit an 'Application for a security provider - Individual - Class 1' (Form 1-1).

You must submit the following documents with the application:

  • documents to establish your identification - 100 points required (refer to list on application form) that has been certified and includes at least one primary document;
  • two recent passport size photographs endorsed as a true photograph by a person who has known the applicant for at least 12 months;
  • proof of completion of an approved training course (including units completed) - unrestricted applicant only.

If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (Qld) Act 2003, submit an 'Application for a security provider class 1 - Individual licence Mutual recognition' (Form Mutual Recognition Form 3-1) and a photocopy of your current interstate licence.

Additional information

All security providers must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service. After the lodgement of your application, you will receive a letter from the agency that details the process for having your fingerprints taken.

Applicants must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check applies to each person who appears on the application form. The fee applies to all applications and renewal notices.

It is possible for you to amend your licence to authorise the carrying out of the functions of an additional type of security provider - Class 1 (other than a security firm).

You must provide:

  • a completed Form 1-1 which indicates the additional functions you will perform;
  • 100 points of identification, including at least 1 primary document, as stated on the application form.
  • your current licence number;
  • a copy of your certificate of attainment of the appropriate modules for the combined licence; and
  • payment of applicable fee.

NOTE: The following Subordinate Legislation should also be examined:

Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Security Providers (Security Officer Licensed Premises Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Forms and further information are available on

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Act(s) name

Security Providers Act 1993 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Security Providers Regulation 2008 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001


07 3405 0985


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3008 5933


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