Mutual Recognition - Security Providers - Queensland

Service summary

To have a licence as a:

Security provider - Class 1 - Individual (bodyguard, private investigator, crowd controller, security officer (cash in transit, unarmed, monitoring, dog patrol)), or

Security provider - Class 2 - Individual (security adviser, security installer), obtained in another State or Territory of Australia or New Zealand recognised in Queensland you need to apply for mutual recognition under the Mutual Recognition (Qld) Act 1992 and the Trans Tasman Recognition (Qld) Act 2003.

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.
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.

Eligibility requirements


What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?

You must meet the following requirements when applying under Mutual Recognition:

  • pay the prescribed fee (including the criminal history check fee and fingerprinting fee);
  • be the holder of a current licence in a State or Territory in Australia or New Zealand; (NB 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.)
  • provide certified photographs;
  • complete form in full; and
  • provide a copy of your current interstate licence to the Department.

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$457.30

Licence class 2 multiple 3 years

Application$219.70

Licence class 2 multiple 1 year

Application$356.40

Licence class 2 single 3 years

Application$184.10

Licence class 2 single 1 year

Application$302.90

Licence class 1 single 1 year unrestricted

Application$599.80

Licence class 1 single 3 year unrestricted

Application$374.10

Licence class 1 multiple 1 year unrestricted

Application$754.10

Licence class 1 multiple 3 years unrestricted

Application$38.80

Criminal history check

Application

You can apply for mutual recognition for a security provider by submitting an

  • 'Application for a security provider class 1 - Individual licence - Mutual recognition' (Form Mutual Recognition 3-1), or an
  • 'Application for a security provider class 2 - Individual licence - Mutual recognition (Form Mutual Recognition 3-2) ,

along with the appropriate fee, and accompanied by the required documents. You can obtain copies of the application form from the Department's head office or a regional office. Forms and further information are also available on the Departments website at http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/security industry.htm

MANDATORY FINGERPRINTING

Beginning on 1 July 2011, new applicants will need to provide their fingerprints before a security provider licence can be issued.

You will still be required to have your fingerprints taken in Queensland, even if you are applying through mutual recognition and you have already had your fingerprints taken during the security licensing process of another state or territory.

This is to confirm your identity and match your fingerprints with the 100 points of identity that you supply during your licence application. The cost of fingerprinting is being subsidised by the Queensland Government, but will still cost applicants $100.

It is important to note, while you remain licensed you will only need to be fingerprinted once, even if you apply for an additional security licence. However, if your licence expires, is cancelled, refused, surrendered or your application for a licence is withdrawn, your fingerprints will be destroyed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. If, at a later date, you reapply for a licence, you will need to be fingerprinted and pay the fee again.

As your application needs to be lodged and your details added to the database before your fingerprints can be taken, you will be advised of the locations where your fingerprints can be taken by letter after your application is lodged. You will then be able to contact the Police station directly to make a suitable appointment time. Once your fingerprints have been taken, the Queensland Police Service will advise us so that processing of your licence application can continue.


Additional information

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

If you have had a licence granted or renewed by the administering agency, it may not be deemed necessary to have another criminal history check completed, however all clients should PAY the fee at the time of lodgement. If it is determined that criminal history check is not required, the fee will be refunded.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 (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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