Security Firm Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence if you are a person, partnership or corporation who, for reward, supplies the services of

Class 1:

  • bodyguards, crowd controllers, private investigators, or security officers (cash in transit, unarmed, monitoring, dog patrol), and/or

Class 2:

  • security advisers or security equipment installers to others.

If you carry on business as a sole trader and personally provide the security services, you do not need a security firm licence, if you are the only person providing security services on behalf of the firm.

If your organisation sub contracts security services to others, you need a security firm licence.

If you employ security staff to protect your property, you do not need a security firm licence. The staff themselves must hold their own individual licences.

New applications for a security firm licence are required to provide evidence of membership with an approved security industry association before a licence can be granted.

A copy of the current membership certificate with the approved security industry association is sufficient evidence.

A list of approved security industry associations can be found on the Office of Fair Trading website www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.

Service type

Licence

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

Definition of terms

Bodyguard

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.
Exempted persons

the following persons whilst acting in the capacity of the listed employment: Commonwealth/State/Territory Police; Defence Forces of Commonwealth; Employees of the Crown; Commonwealth or State Department; Casino employees or key casino employees 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 adviser

(1) A security adviser is a person who, for reward, gives advice about security equipment or security methods or principles (security advice). (2) Despite subsection (1), a person is not a security adviser merely because (a) the person (i) is an employee of a person who does not, for reward, give security advice; and (ii) as an employee, gives security advice to the employer; or (b) the person (i) is an employee of a person who, for reward, gives security advice; and (ii) as an employee, gives security advice to the employer in relation to the employers own security and not in relation to the security of someone else for whom the employer gives security advice for reward; or (c) the person is an architect under the Architects Act 2002 and gives security advice in providing architectural services within the meaning of that Act; or (d) the person is a registered professional engineer under the Professional Engineers Act 2002 and gives security advice in providing professional engineering services within the meaning of that Act.

Security equipment

security equipment is acoustic, electronic, mechanical or other equipment

  1. designed, adapted, or purporting to provide or to enhance property security; or
  2. for protecting or watching property. Examples: an alarm; an alarm monitoring system; an audio, or visual, recording system; an electric, electro mechanical, magnetic or biometric access control device; an intrusion detector, including a motion, infra red, microwave or contact detector; a safe or vault.

However, each of the following is not security equipment:

  1. a device for monitoring inventory, product or stock loss;
  2. an item designed to minimise the possibility of motor vehicle theft, including, for example, a motor vehicle alarm or immobiliser.
Security equipment installer

(1) A security equipment installer is a person who, for reward, installs, repairs, services or maintains security equipment. (2) Despite subsection (1), a person is not a security equipment installer merely because (a) the person (i) is an employee of a person who does not, for reward, install, repair, service or maintain security equipment; and (ii) as an employee, installs, repairs, services or maintains the employers security equipment; or (b) the person (i) is an employee of a person who, for reward, installs, repairs, services or maintains security equipment; and (ii) as an employee, installs, repairs, services or maintains the employers security equipment; or (c) the person carries out retail key cutting; or (d) the person installs a basic security item in a building owned or occupied by the person; or (e) the person installs a basic security item in a building owned or occupied by someone else during its construction, repair or renovation. (3) In this section basic security item means (a) a portable safe weighing not more than 50kg; or (b) a barrier security item, eg a security mesh door or window grille; or (c) an electronic or mechanical lock used for basic household security, eg a door lock, window lock or padlock; or (d) a motion sensor light that does not also activate an alarm.

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.

Transferability

You cannot transfer this licence.

Duration

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.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
Application$3,871.00

Licence class 1 and 2 security firm 3 years

Application$1,920.00

Licence class 1 and 2 security firm 1 year

Application$1,810.00

Licence class 2 security firm 3 years

Application$902.60

Licence class 2 security firm 1 year

Application$3,023.00

Licence class 1 security firm 3 years

Application$1,502.00

Licence class 1 security firm 1 year

ApplyApplication$38.80Criminal history check $38.80 per applicant on application
Application$100.00Fingerprinting $100 per applicant on application

Application

Submit an 'Application for a Security Firms Licence' (Form 2).

  • For every person listed on the application documents to establish identification - 100 points required (refer to list on application form) that have been certified and must include at least  primary document
  • A criminal history check fee must be for each executive officer of a corporaion of all partners of a partnership
  • Evidence of membership with an approved security industry association, such as the current membership certificate, in the corporation name, must be provided with the application.

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 of 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.

You must provide:

  • a completed Form 2 which indicates the additional functions you will perform;
  • your current licence number; and
  • payment of applicable fee

NOTE: The following Subordinate Legislation should also be examined:

Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

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 www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

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

Phone:

07 3405 0985

Phone:

13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Fax:

07 3008 5933
IndustryLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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