Introduction Agents Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence when your business provides an introduction service for persons seeking a personal relationship or social outings with other persons, and those persons details are held on your business database.

If your business carries on business as outlined in sections 11-17 of the Act you are not an introduction agent. Examples of these include:

  • persons carrying out activities with a community purpose
  • persons carrying out non profit activities
  • publishers of advertisements
  • information providers
  • organisers of social activities
  • persons providing neighbourhood information and welcome services
  • providers of prostitution.

Service type

Licence

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

Definition of terms

Disqualifying offence

means an offence

  1. against the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more, even if a fine may be imposed in addition or as an alternative; or
  2. against the Vagrants, Gaming and Other Offences Act 1931, part 2A (offences relating to prostitution) as in force immediately before its repeal; or
  3. against the Prostitution Act 1999; or
  4. involving fraud or dishonesty that is punishable by imprisonment for three months or more; or
  5. against a provision of the Criminal Code mentioned in schedule one; or
  6. against a provision of a law of another State or of the Commonwealth corresponding to a law mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e).
Disqualifying offence provisions under the Criminal Code

offences relating to the administration of justice: miscellaneous offences against public authority; offences against morality; prostitution; homicide; suicide; concealment of birth; offences endangering life or health; assaults; rape and sexual assaults; offences against liberty; unlawful stalking; stealing; offences analogous to stealing; stealing with violence; extortion by threats; burglary, housebreaking and like offences; other fraudulent practices; receiving property stolen or fraudulently obtained and like offences; frauds by trustees and officers of companies and corporations, false accounting; secret commissions; punishment of forgery and like offences; personation; conspiracy; fraud.

Introduction agent
  1. A person who
    1. carries on a business of providing, or offering to provide, an introduction service; or
    2. hold himself, herself or itself out in any way as carrying on the business of an introduction agent; or
    3. is entitled to share in the income of the business of an introduction agent.
  2. This applies
    1. whether the head office or principal place of business of the person is in Queensland or elsewhere; or
    2. even if the person does not have an established place of business in Queensland.
  3. A person mentioned in 1 (a), (b) or (c) above is taken to "carry on the business of an introduction agent". Despite subsections 1(c) and 3, a person is not an introduction agent, and is not to be taken to carry on the business of an introduction agent, only because the person is entitled to share, as a shareholder, in the income of the business of an introduction agent that is a corporation.
Introduction agreement

an agreement to provide an introduction service or part of an introduction service to a person (the "client") and

  1. the introduction service or part of the introduction service is provided, or proposed to be provided, to the client in Queensland; or
  2. the agreement is executed in Queensland by or for a party to the agreement; or
  3. the client ordinarily resides in Queensland.
Introduction service
  1. A service, the purpose of which is to introduce a person to one or more other persons who might be interested in having a personal relationship, or in attending a social outing, with the person, by
    1. giving a name or other identifying details of the other person to the person; or
    2. giving a document containing names or other identifying details of the other person to the person; or
    3. arranging for the person to attend a meeting with the other person.
  2. For subsection (1), it does not matter whether
    1. the intended introduction is direct or indirect; or
    2. the personal relationship is intended to be for a long or short time.
Persons disqualified from holding a licence

persons and associated persons: who are under 18 years of age; who are an insolvent under administration; who have been convicted of a disqualifying offence within the last five years; or who have been a licensee or an approved manager under the Prostitution Act 1999 within the last five years; or who have been ordered by a court not to be in any way involved in the operation of the business of an introduction agent and the order is still current. Corporations: in addition to the above; is an externally administered body corporate.

Suitable person

consideration by the chief executive as to whether the applicant, or an associated person of the applicant:

  1. has been convicted of an offence against this Act, the Fair Trading Act 1989 including the Australian Consumer Law (Queensland), or a corresponding law within the last five years; or
  2. has breached an undertaking given to the chief executive under this Act or the Fair Trading Act 1989 within the last five years.

Eligibility requirements


  • you must be at least 18 years of age; and
  • you must be a suitable person as outlined in Section 20 of the Act (Sections 21 and 22 outline disqualifying criteria for applicants).

NOTE: If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003, you must be authorised to practise an occupation equivalent to the Queensland occupation covered by this licence in a participating State or Territory or in New Zealand.

Transferability

You cannot transfer this licence.

Duration

This licence remains in effect for one, two or three years. You will be issued with a renewal notice approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date.

Fees

TypeAmountDescription
Application$38.80

Criminal history check

Application$2,013.00

Licence fee three years

Application$1,336.00

Licence fee two years

Application$748.10

Licence fee one year

Application

Submit an 'Introduction Agents Form 1 Application for an Introduction Agents Licence'.

If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003: submit an "Application for Mutual Recognition of certificate of registration/occupation" Mutual Recognition Form 2 and a copy of your current interstate licence.


Additional information

You should familiarise yourself with Sections 34-60 of the Act, which outlines restrictions on the operation of Introduction Agencies.

Fees are the same regardless of whether you, as the applicant, are:

  • an individual;
  • a group of individuals; or
  • a company.

A criminal history check will be conducted where a date and place of birth is required to be provided, This includes all individuals, partners, executive officers, business associates and nominees/managers or persons in charge.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Introduction Agents Act 2001 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Introduction Agents Regulation 2002 (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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