Investigation Agents Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence to carry on business as an investigation agent or work as an employee of an investigation agent. Investigation agents perform collection work or inquiry work for fee or reward, including:

  • tracking or repossessing goods
  • seizing goods to recover money
  • requesting or collecting debt payments
  • searching for missing persons
  • obtaining information about a person's character, actions or work without the written consent of that person
  • carrying out legal process for the enforcement of a court order
  • obtaining evidence to be used in legal proceedings.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Individuals, partners and companies can apply for this licence.

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • have the relevant qualifications
  • be financially solvent
  • have at least $10,000 in net assets
  • not have been a director of a company that has wound up in the past five years
  • not have been convicted of a serious offence or summary offence of dishonesty in the past 10 years.

If you do not have the relevant qualifications you may apply for a restricted licence to work with a licensed business partner (details can be found in the attached documents and on the agency website).


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All


  • Individual (employee) - $899.00
  • Business - $1287.00
  • Company - $1851.00.

Fees include application and licence fee amounts. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All

Mutual recognition (interstate or NZ licence) fee:

  • Individual (employee) - $626.50
  • Business - $1014.50.

Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All

Renewal fee:

  • individual (supervised employee) - $354.00
  • business - $742.00
  • company - $969.00.
Fees for 2021-22

Transfer process


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Consumer and Business Services

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:

Occupational Licensing

Consumer and Business Services

South Australia
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1719
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 13 18 82
Website: Consumer and Business Services (Opens in new window)