You will require a pawnbroker licence if you intend to lend money on the security of pawned goods.
You will require a second-hand dealer licence if you intend to buy or sell prescribed goods that have been used, or are represented by the vendor to be goods that have been purchased by a third party but are unused (for example, an unwanted gift).
Prescribed goods include:
- items of jewellery (including watches) that include gemstones or precious metals
- gemstones and precious metals
- sporting and recreational goods
- electric or electronic pianos and other musical instruments (not including pianos that are not electric or electronic)
- photographic equipment (including digital cameras and digital imaging equipment)
- portable engine-powered, motorised or air-powered tools and equipment
- water craft of any description used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water (including parts of a water craft)
- electric or electronic goods (other than microwave ovens, refrigerators, washing machines or other whitegoods)
- computer hardware and interactive game consoles
- tablet computers
- devices designed to play digital files (such as MP3 and DVD players and iPods)
- mobile phones
- car accessories
- global positioning system equipment.
This document provides further information about applying for the Pawnbroker or Second-hand Dealer's Licence. To apply, complete the Application for a Licence form.
Other forms and related documents are available on the Fair Trading website.
If you intend to undertake both of these activities, you may apply for a combined licence. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information or visit the website.