Class 1 Security Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to work in the security industry and carry out security activities that include:

  • patrolling, protecting or guarding any property while unarmed, or acting as a crowd controlled (class 1A()
  • acting as a bodyguard (class 1B)
  • patrolling, protecting or guard cash-in transit (class 1C)
  • patrolling, protecting or guarding any property with a dog (class 1D)
  • carrying on monitoring centre operations (class 1E)
  • patrolling, protecting or guarding a property while armed (class 1F).

Please be aware that you can apply for more than one type of subclass to be endorsed on your class 1 licence.

All holders of security operative licences must be employed by a Master licensee or hold a Master licence of their own.

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 fit and proper person to hold the class of licence sought
  • have the relevant competencies and experience required
  • have successfully completed training and assessment approved by the commissioner
  • be competent to carry on the security activity to which the proposed licence relates
  • be an Australian / New Zealand citizen or permanent Australian resident or hold a visa that entitles you to work in Australia (other than a student or working holiday visa)
  • hold a driver's licence, photo card or customer number.

Please be aware that if you are not an Australian / New Zealand citizen or permanent Australian resident, you will need to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the previous 10 years since turning 16. Each certificate will need to be translated into English (if necessary) and verified by the relevant country's embassy / consulate in Australia.


Licences may be issued for 1 or 5 year periods.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Security Industry Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

New applications take a minimum of 8 weeks to be finalised.

Administering agency

Department of Communities and Justice

NSW Police Force

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

Contact details

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