Security Industry Master Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to employ or contract licensed security personnel to undertake security activities. Security activities include:

  • patrolling, guarding, watching or protecting property
  • acting as a crowd controller
  • acting as a bodyguard
  • providing advice about security equipment
  • selling security equipment
  • installing, maintaining, monitoring, repairing or servicing security equipment
  • acting as a security consultant
  • carrying out surveys and inspections of security equipment.

Please be aware that this licence only allows you to employ people for the purpose of providing a security service, if you intend to personally engage in such a service you will need your own additional Security Industry Employee Licence. Additionally, if you intend to allow your employees to offer security services involving firearms you must comply with all relevant firearms requirements.

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 of age
  • have a current National Police Check and provide a record of your fingerprints
  • meet the prescribed competency standards for the registration you are seeking, or be assessed as having experience and skills that meet or exceed the prescribed standards
  • provide evidence of current membership with an approved industry association
  • provide evidence of suitable insurance coverage.

Please be aware that a separate application form must be submitted if you are applying for this licence and also hold a liquor licence.

If you hold a current equivalent licence in another Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this licence under mutual recognition arrangements.


One or three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Where applicant does not hold a liquor licence:

  • 1 year - $919.00
  • 3 years - $2758.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All

Where applicant holds a liquor licence:

  • 1 year - $272.00
  • 3 years - $820.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 2003 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.