Investigator Licence - Western Australia


You will require this licence if you intend to act as an investigator. An investigator is a person who, for cash or other reward:

  • investigates the conduct of people or organisations
  • investigates the character of people
  • conducts surveillance work in relation to the above
  • investigates missing persons.

There are some exceptions to the requirement to hold this licence. You will not generally need this licence if you are, or are employed by, a lawyer or an insurer, or if you have been appointed to an investigative role under specific legislative authority.

You may only work as a licensed investigator if you are employed by a licensed inquiry agent, unless you are a sole-trader, in which case you will also require an inquiry agent licence.

If you are an interstate visitor and hold an equivalent licence in your home state or territory, you may be able to apply for a temporary licence of up to one year. 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 deemed a fit and proper person
  • obtain two character references
  • provide evidence of your completion of relevant certificates with an approved training provider
  • agree to the Security Industry Code of Conduct
  • complete the required forms
  • pay the prescribed fees.

You may be required to give your fingerprints and palm prints.

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 years thereafter.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $331.00

One year or less

Apply Application All $340.00

Three years

General Miscellaneous All $113.00

Fingerprint fee

Renew Renewal All $213.00 -

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


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

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:


Police Licensing Services

WA Police

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
Fax: 08 9454 1533
Website: Police Licensing Services (Opens in new window)