Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Registration - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to run a business that deals in second-hand goods (second-hand dealer), or loans money on the security of goods (pawnbroker). Second hand goods are any goods which have been worn or used. For example, you must be registered if you:

  • operate a traditional second-hand goods store (e.g. auto parts sellers, motor mower and chainsaw dealers, music dealers, computer hardware and software dealers, or an electronics dealer)
  • are a scrap metal dealer who deals in copper, gold or silver
  • are an antique dealer
  • regularly operate a market stall at which non-exempt second-hand goods are sold (other than for charitable purposes)
  • operate a pawnbroking business (e.g. lend money on the security of pawned goods).

Charitable organisations are not required to be registered. Licensed motor car traders may deal in second-hand motor car parts without being registered.

If your business involves pawnbroking in addition to holding registration as a second hand-dealer you will need to apply for your registration to be endorsed for pawnbroking and pay an annual endorsement fee.

Exempt goods include but are not limited to:

  • clothing, including footwear
  • salvaged building material including doors, window frames, tiles, bricks and timber
  • domestic white goods, including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes driers, ovens and ironing presses (but not portable or camping refrigerators or microwave ovens)
  • factory seconds
  • books, magazines and periodicals.

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 registration (second-hand dealers) or for an endorsement of the registration (pawnbrokers) you must:

  • not be a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986
  • not be an insolvent under administration or an externally-administered body corporate
  • have the permission of the Authority to be registered if you have been convicted or found guilty of a disqualifying offence (as defined under the Act) within the preceding 5 years in Australia or elsewhere or had a similar registration suspended or been disqualified in another jurisdiction within the preceding 5 years
  • make an application to the relevant Authority in the prescribed form, including providing appropriate evidence as to identity, at least one month before the day you propose to commence business as a second-hand dealer
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Certain individuals or companies are ineligible from being registered as a second-hand dealer of pawnbroker. If these individuals or companies are ineligible they will have to apply for permission to be registered or to continue to hold their registration. You must apply for permission if you:

  • were found guilty within Australia, or anywhere else, of a disqualifying offence within the last five years
  • had a registration or permission cancelled or disqualified within the last five years
  • have a registration or permission currently suspended
  • Have any associate that is insolvent or has been found guilty of a disqualifying offence within the last five years.

Ongoing requirements

You must refuse to accept goods from any person attempting to sell or pawn second-hand goods unless proof of identity has been obtained from that person. Many items received must not be altered for 7 days after receiving them. Please contact the Agency for a list of these items.

You need to submit your annual statement of activities and renewal fee six weeks prior to your annual renewal being approved. Failure to comply may result in the automatic cancellation of your registration and endorsement.

You must give the Agency written notice within seven days of any of the following occurring, or risk a fine:

  • change to business premises or name
  • changes to the directors of a body corporate
  • changes to associates
  • ceasing business as a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker.


Your registration is ongoing until it is surrendered, suspended or cancelled.



Individual and company. Fees for 2016-17.


Permission to be registered. Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.



Application must also include a permission application (if otherwise ineligible), certified identification that totals 100 points, and a Consent to National Criminal History and other Record Check forms.



Please lodge your application, accompanying documentation and fees directly with the Agency.

Approval time

Application processing takes up to six weeks.

Administering agency

Business Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers (Exemption) Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Business Licensing Authority

Operating address:
113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1300 135 452


03 8684 0600

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