Investigator Licence - Western Australia


You will need 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.

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 need an inquiry agent licence. You must apply for the agent's licence separately.

You may be able to 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.

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.

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 over the age of 18
  • be a fit and proper person
  • have evidence of your completion of a Certificate III in Investigate Services from an approved training provider.

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


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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other 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

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