Licencing Requirements & Licensing Information – Australia Wide
Have a look below for some of the specific licencing information for different Australian regions.
In South Australia, once you have obtained your security licence, you’ll still need to complete your “SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol” course to gain employment at licenced premises.
Once you’re fully certified, you can apply to the Commissioner of Liquor and Gambling for additional licensing.
You should note that the older qualification – CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations – became outdated in August 2020 and is no longer accepted.
Completion of the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations will allow you to apply to the Office of Fair Trading for a Class 1 Security Providers Licence with the following functions:
Once your qualifications are completed, the Office of Fair Trading can process your Security Providers Licence Application. While applying for the licence, fees may be incurred for the application, fingerprinting, and criminal history check processes. These fees are entirely independent of the CPP20218 training and must be paid along with your licence application to the Office of Fair Trading.
In Queensland, professional bodyguards and crowd controllers must complete refresher training every three years to retain their licence. You can find more information at the licencing website.
Note that from 2020, crowd controllers and unarmed security officers must have completed all 14 core modules of the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations to be issued a new licence.
To work in security within the Northern Territory, you must complete a fingerprint check with the NT Police (as required by SAFE NT). For more information about security licencing in the NT, you can check out the Northern Territory Government Website.
As of September 2020, CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations is now the accepted standard for security training – older certificates such as CPP20212 are no longer accepted for licencing applications. Check the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website for more security licencing information.
New South Wales
In NSW, CPP20218 is only mandatory for new security licences. Although if an existing licence is allowed to lapse, the licence holder may be required to do CPP20218 training to be eligible for a re-issued licence – you’ll need to contact the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) to check. For contact details or more information, check out the SLED website.
Since July 2020, all RTOs offering security training in Victoria are now delivering the CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations course as the standard for unarmed guard and crowd control training.
Previous training is currently valid unless your licence lapses (or is cancelled) for 12 months or more. In this case, you’ll need to re-apply for your licencing, which will require the new CPP20218 training certificate.
Skills Training College’s Certificate II in Security Operations provides the skills and knowledge to allow students to pass the WA Police examination for security licenses.
To review the steps needed to obtain a security licence in WA, check out the WA police website.