Security Master Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a business which provides persons to engage in security activities. This licence may be obtained by individuals, corporations or government agencies.

Security activities include:

  • acting as a bodyguard
  • acting as a crowd controller
  • patrolling, protecting or guarding any property
  • installing, maintaining, repairing or servicing security equipment
  • selling security equipment, methods or principles
  • providing advice in relation to security equipment or security risks
  • providing training or instruction in relation to any security activity
  • assessing another person's competence to carry out security activities
  • negotiating or otherwise obtaining contracts pertaining to security activities or personnel
  • carrying on locksmithing activities.

Please be aware that you will also require a class 1 or 2 licence to carry out security activities yourself. If you are a sole trader, you must hold both a Master Licence and the appropriate individual licence(s).

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 18 years of age or over
  • be a fit and proper person to hold the class of licence sought
  • consent to having your fingerprints taken
  • have the relevant competencies and experience required
  • have successfully completed any required training and assessment
  • 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)
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • hold driver licence, photo card or customer number
  • not have been convicted of a prescribed criminal offence in the past 10 years
  • not have been found guilty of a prescribed criminal offence in the past five years, with no conviction recorded
  • not have had a civil penalty imposed on you in the past five years
  • not have been removed or dismissed from a police force.

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.

If you intend to provide Class 1D (Guard Dog Handler) or 1F (Armed Guard) security operatives you must have and maintain at least $10 million in public liability insurance cover.


1 or 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All P605 Schedule of Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Security Industry Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Security Industry Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

An application for a security master licence will take a minimum of 8 week to be finalised.

Administering agency

Department of Communities and 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.