Private Security Individual Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to perform any of the following private security roles:

  • investigator
  • bodyguard
  • crowd controller
  • security guard
  • private security trainer.

You may apply for a licence covering one or more of the activities above. Each of the above services has a number of different sub-categories. Applicants must state which activities they intend to be authorised for.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding these sub-categories.

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 at least 18 years old
  • be a resident of Australia or hold a current visa with relevant work rights
  • undergo a national police check
  • be a fit and proper person (this includes not having any medical condition or history with police that would hinder your employment within the industry)
  • complete relevant training in the activities you wish to be licensed for
  • not be insolvent under administration
  • not have been declared bankrupt within the preceding 5 years
  • not have been convicted of an indictable offence within the preceding 10 years
  • provide all required information
  • provide a passport-sized colour photograph of yourself
  • certification of any training or qualification
  • details of any relevant knowledge or experience
  • pay the prescribed fees.


Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you comply with any conditions or obligations issued by the agency.

Over-calibre handguns and restricted ammunition must not be possessed, carried or used under a General Category Private Security Handgun Licence unless approval has been sought from the Chief Commissioner in exceptional and legitimate circumstances.


Up to 3 years, unless suspended or cancelled.


 TypeBusiness structureAmountDescription
ApplyLicenceSole Trader,

1 activity. Fees for 2016-17.

LicenceSole Trader,
$458.902 activities. Fees for 2016-17.
LicenceSole Trader,

3 activities. Fees for 2016-17.

LicenceSole Trader,

4 activities. Fees for 2016-17.

LicenceSole Trader,

5 activities. Fees for 2016-17.

Other resources



Attach all copies of supporting documentation to your application and forward it to the agency.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

Act(s) name

Private Security Act 2004 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Private Security Regulations 2016 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Services Division
Victoria Police


1300 651 645


03 9247 6485

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