Inquiry Agent Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence to act as an inquiry agent. An inquiry agent is a person who advertises or supplies the services of investigators. An investigator is someone who conducts for remuneration investigations into the conduct of individuals or organisations. This includes surveillance activities, and investigations into missing persons.

This licence only covers the advertisement and supply of investigators. You will need a separate licence to work as an investigator. You will need to be licensed as an inquiry agent and an investigator to carry out work as a sole trader.

You may apply for a temporary licence of up to one year if you are an interstate visitor and hold an equivalent licence in your home state or territory.

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 licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person
  • ensure there is adequate management, supervision and control of your business
  • have sufficient financial resources to meet your financial obligations
  • undertake a pre-licence test.

You may need to have your fingerprints and palm prints recorded.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licences are initially issued for 1 or 3 years. Licences are renewed for 3 year periods thereafter.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Act(s) name

Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997 Western Australia

Approval time

New applications will be processed in 30 working days. Renewals and endorsements will be processed in 20 working days.

Administering agency

WA Police

Police Licensing Services

Contact details

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