Security licence (guard) - Queensland


You will need this licence if you intend to possess a weapon or weapons whilst performing the duties of a security guard. A security guard is a person who patrols, protects, watches over or protects their own or someone else's property, as part of their own business or as an employee of a security organisation.

There are three categories of security licence (guard):

  • employee - employed by a security organisation
  • sole provider - works as a sole provider
  • business - a person protecting their own property and not providing security services to others.

As the licensee you can only carry a weapon whilst performing security duties of a nature that necessitate or warrant the carriage of such a weapon and, especially where a shot-gun is concerned, having regard to the type of security service being provided and the degree of alarm in the presence of the weapon will cause to any person.

As the licensee you are not permitted to carry a weapon whilst performing private inquiry work, service process, crowd control, debt collection or door person duties.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be the holder of a current security provider licence
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person
  • successfully complete a course approved for security guard licensing within 12 months of applying
  • have a safe and secure place to store the weapon.


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $117.61

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $35.56

Licence or renewal fee per year. Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $44.84

Application for a replacement licence. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $9.01

Application fee for an endorsement for weapons categories additional to those already endorsed on the licence. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


The requirements and supporting documents that you will need to prepare and submit with your application will vary depending on the category of licence you are applying for. Please see the additional information in resources for more information.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Police Service

Weapons Licensing

Contact details

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