Private Security Business Registration - Victoria


You will need this registration if you intend to operate a business that provides the following types of private security services:

  • security adviser (employed or retained to provide advice in relation to security equipment or security methods or principles)
  • security equipment installer (employed or retained to install, repair, service or maintain security equipment).

Security equipment includes:

  • security camera or audio systems
  • security audio or visual recording systems
  • security alarms and alarm monitoring systems
  • safes and vaults
  • security intrusion detectors including motion, infra-red, microwave or contact detectors
  • electric, electro-mechanical, magnetic, or biometric access control devices, but not including stock, inventory or product loss prevention monitoring devices.

Your business must only offer these services through individuals who are licensed to act as security advisers or equipment installers. Registration authorises you to access and collect sensitive information about the personal and security arrangements of your clients.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a resident of Australia or hold a visa with work rights
  • be a fit and proper person
  • undergo a National Police Check
  • not be insolvent or under administration
  • not have been declared bankrupt within the preceding five years
  • not have been convicted of an indictable offence within the preceding ten years
  • not have been found guilty of an indictable offence within the preceding five years that was not recorded.

You must also provide:

  • personal information forms for all relevant people connected to the business
  • details of your qualifications, competencies, training, knowledge or experience
  • membership to an approved security industry organisation
  • a passport-sized colour photograph of the nominated person
  • a certificate for public liability insurance.

You will need to provide certified copies of International Police Checks from any other country you have resided in for a period of more than 12 months over the previous 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

Depending on the nature of your application or your individual circumstances, you may be asked to provide additional information. Please review 'Applying for a New Private Security Licence or Registration' for more information.

The registration system focuses on probity and character requirements. The probity requirements for registration involve applicants and associated parties undergoing a criminal history check and ongoing monitoring throughout the lifetime of their registration. Persons with indictable offences may be ineligible to obtain registration.


3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Private Security Act 2004 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Private Security Regulations 2016 Victoria

Application process


Applicants must provide with their applications two written character references from acceptable referees indicating their suitability to hold a private security registration.

Lodgement process


A newspaper advertisement must be placed in a daily circulating Victorian newspaper within seven days of lodging an application for a licence.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

Contact details

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