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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 one or three years. Licences are renewed for three-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

Application process


In addition to your completed application you must provide:

  • provide 100 points of identification
  • two character references
  • four passport sized photos
  • overseas police clearance (if you have not been an Australian resident for the last 5 years)
  • a letter of authority from one director / partner to hold the agent licence on behalf of the company / partnership (sole traders exempt)
  • an accountants letter confirming that you or your business is financially sound (new sole traders / businesses will need their business plan assessed)
  • record of registration.
You will only need to supply the following documents if you are applying as a company:
  • certificate of incorporation
  • company extract showing the list of directors
  • trust documents (if applicable).

You must submit your application form in person.. Do not sign your form until you present it to the licensing service.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Services (Security)

Police Licensing Services

WA Police

Western Australia
Operating address: Level 1, Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Western Australia 6107
Mailing address: Locked Bag 9
East Perth
Western Australia 6892
Phone: 1300 171 011
Website: Police Licensing Services (Opens in new window)