Security Firm Licence - Queensland


You require this licence if you are a person, partnership or corporation who, for reward, supplies the services of

Class 1:

  • bodyguards, crowd controllers, private investigators, or security officers (cash in transit, unarmed, monitoring, dog patrol), and/or

Class 2:

  • security advisers or security equipment installers to others.

If you carry on business as a sole trader and personally provide the security services, you do not need a security firm licence, if you are the only person providing security services on behalf of the firm.

If your organisation sub contracts security services to others, you need a security firm licence.

If you employ security staff to protect your property, you do not need a security firm licence. The staff themselves must hold their own individual licences.

New applications for a security firm licence are required to provide evidence of membership with an approved security industry association before a licence can be granted.

A copy of the current membership certificate with the approved security industry association is sufficient evidence.

A list of approved security industry associations can be found on the Office of Fair Trading website

Service type


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


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

Submit an 'Application for a Security Firms 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 corporaion 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.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Additional information

All security providers must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service.  After the lodgement of your application, you will receive a letter from the agency that details the process of having your fingerprints taken.

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

It is possible for you to amend your licence to authorise the carrying out of the functions of an additional type of security provider.

You must provide:

  • a completed Form 2 which indicates the additional functions you will perform;
  • your current licence number; and
  • payment of applicable fee

NOTE: The following Subordinate Legislation should also be examined:

Security Providers (Security Firm Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Security Providers (Crowd Controller Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Security Providers (Security Officer Licensed Premises Code of Practice) Regulation 2008

Forms and further information are available on

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)