Mutual Recognition - Security Providers - Queensland


To have a licence as a:

Security provider - Class 1 - Individual (bodyguard, private investigator, crowd controller, security officer (cash in transit, unarmed, monitoring, dog patrol)), or

Security provider - Class 2 - Individual (security adviser, security installer), obtained in another State or Territory of Australia or New Zealand recognised in Queensland you need to apply for mutual recognition under the Mutual Recognition (Qld) Act 1992 and the Trans Tasman Recognition (Qld) Act 2003.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?

You must meet the following requirements when applying under Mutual Recognition:

  • pay the prescribed fee (including the criminal history check fee and fingerprinting fee);
  • be the holder of a current licence in a State or Territory in Australia or New Zealand; (NB Applicants who hold a New South Wales provisional security licence are not eligible to apply for security licences in Queensland under the Mutual Recognition Act. Queensland does not have an equivalent provisional licence. In order to be eligible to apply for a security licence under the Mutual Recognition Act the applicant must hold an unrestricted licence.)
  • provide certified photographs;
  • complete form in full; and
  • provide a copy of your current interstate licence to the Department.


This licence will remain in effect for 12 months or 3 years. You will be issued with a renewal notice annually or every 3 years, approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date.

Application process

You can apply for mutual recognition for a security provider by submitting an

  • 'Application for a security provider class 1 - Individual licence - Mutual recognition' (Form Mutual Recognition 3-1), or an
  • 'Application for a security provider class 2 - Individual licence - Mutual recognition (Form Mutual Recognition 3-2) ,

along with the appropriate fee, and accompanied by the required documents. You can obtain copies of the application form from the Department's head office or a regional office. Forms and further information are also available on the Departments website at industry.htm


Beginning on 1 July 2011, new applicants will need to provide their fingerprints before a security provider licence can be issued.

You will still be required to have your fingerprints taken in Queensland, even if you are applying through mutual recognition and you have already had your fingerprints taken during the security licensing process of another state or territory.

This is to confirm your identity and match your fingerprints with the 100 points of identity that you supply during your licence application. The cost of fingerprinting is being subsidised by the Queensland Government, but will still cost applicants $100.

It is important to note, while you remain licensed you will only need to be fingerprinted once, even if you apply for an additional security licence. However, if your licence expires, is cancelled, refused, surrendered or your application for a licence is withdrawn, your fingerprints will be destroyed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. If, at a later date, you reapply for a licence, you will need to be fingerprinted and pay the fee again.

As your application needs to be lodged and your details added to the database before your fingerprints can be taken, you will be advised of the locations where your fingerprints can be taken by letter after your application is lodged. You will then be able to contact the Police station directly to make a suitable appointment time. Once your fingerprints have been taken, the Queensland Police Service will advise us so that processing of your licence application can continue.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Additional information

Applicants must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check applies to each person on the application form. The fee applies to all applications and renewal notices.

If you have had a licence granted or renewed by the administering agency, it may not be deemed necessary to have another criminal history check completed, however all clients should PAY the fee at the time of lodgement. If it is determined that criminal history check is not required, the fee will be refunded.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Queensland Government Service Centre

Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Phone: 07 3405 0985
Fax: 07 3008 5933
Website: Office of Fair Trading (Opens in new window)