Security firm licence - Queensland

Description

You need this licence to operate a security firm service. You need a security firm licence if:

  • you are a person, corporation or partnership that operates a security firm
  • you receive payment or reward for providing security services, even if you subcontract the actual security work out to other people
  • you supply staff to provide security services.

You can apply to have a class 1, class 2 or combined licence, depending on what services your firm offers.

You are a class 1 security firm if you supply:

  • bodyguards
  • private investigators
  • crowd controllers
  • cash transit security officers
  • unarmed security officers
  • monitoring security officers
  • dog patrol security officers.

You are a class 2 security firm if you supply:

  • security advisers
  • security equipment installers.

Holding a security firm licence does not entitle you to personally perform the functions of a security provider.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

You do not need this licence if you:

  • employ security staff to protect your property
  • operate as a sole trader and do all the security work yourself.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a member of an approved industry association
  • be a suitable person.

You must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check applies to each person for whom a date and place of birth are requested on the application form.

You may be eligible to be licensed under mutual recognition laws if you hold a comparable licence within another Australian State or Territory or within New Zealand.

Duration

One or three years

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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You can find the current fees here.

Application process

Apply

Submit an 'Application for a Security Firm's Licence' (Form 2).

  • For every person listed on the application documents to establish identification - 100 points required (refer to list on application form) that have been certified and must include at least primary document.
  • A criminal history check fee must be for each executive officer of a corporation of all partners of a partnership.
  • Evidence of membership with an approved security industry association, such as the current membership certificate, in the corporation name, must be provided with the application.

Approval time

Processing time is between four and six weeks

Transfer

You cannot transfer this licence.

Disqualified persons or entities

You are not suitable to hold this licence if you:

  • are currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been convicted within the past 10 years of a serious offence
  • are subject to a court issued control order because of involvement in serious criminal activity.

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:

Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Queensland
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 74 68
Fax: 07 3738 8784
Email: IndustryLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au