Commercial Agent and Private Inquiry Agent - Master Licence - New South Wales

Description

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that engages in Commercial Agent and Private Inquiry (CAPI) activities including:

  • process serving
  • debt collection
  • repossession of goods
  • surveillance of people
  • investigation of people.

There are three classes of licence:

  • Class 1 authorises you to be self-employed and to carry on CAPI activities provided that you hold both a master and operator licence relevant to those activities.
  • Class 2 authorises you to employ (not subcontract) one to ten licensed operators to carry on CAPI activities provided they hold the appropriate licence relevant to those activities.
  • Class 3 authorises you to employ (not subcontract) more than 10 licensed operators to carry on CAPI activities provided they hold the appropriate licence relevant to those activities.

Please note that this licence relates to the running of a business and employing staff, not the actual CAPI activities themselves. In order to carry out CAPI activities as a self-employed sole trader you will need an additional operator licence for the relevant activities.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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 18 years of age or over
  • have the right to work in Australia
  • satisfy stringent integrity requirements regarding yourself and close associates of your business (if you are a sole trader or self-employed master licence applications only)
  • declare details of close associates who have a financial or other interest in your business
  • have your fingerprints taken
  • submit the required forms
  • pay any required application fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

5 years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Description
Apply Application

Fees vary from $480 to $1,940 depending on the number of operatives employed. Please refer to the attached Schedule of Fees for more information.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Regulation 2017 NSW

Approval time

Applications will generally be assessed within 28 days.

Transfer

Master licences cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Justice

NSW Police Force

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

Contact details

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

Enquiries

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

NSW Police Force

Department of Justice

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5099
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 1300 362 001
Fax: 1300 362 066
Email: SLED@police.nsw.gov.au
Website: Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) (Opens in new window)