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 http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/security 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 However, if your licence expires, is cancelled, refused, surrendered or your application for a licence is withdrawn, your fingerprints will be destroyed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace.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.