Individual - agent security licence

An Agent individual licence is valid for 3 years and allows you to:

  • employ staff
  • work for yourself
  • operate your own business
  • work for a business or company

An agent individual can apply for the following security licence activities to be added to their licence:

  • Commercial agent
  • Crowd controller
  • Inquiry agent
  • Security guarding general
    • Security guard
    • Monitoring room operator
    • Bodyguard
  • Additional permissions

An agent individual can apply for the following endorsements to be added to their licence:

  • permitted to use guard dog (can apply for this endorsement at any time)
  • permitted to carry firearm (must already hold a licence for Security Guarding General before applying)
  • permitted to carry baton (must already hold a licence for Security Guarding General before applying)
  • permitted to carry handcuffs (must already hold a licence for Security Guarding General before applying)

Eligibility

You can apply for a security licence if you:

There are mandatory requirements for displaying identification (ID) when working.  To learn about this requirement and others, read the Working in the security industry on this website.

Under the Security and Investigations Agents Act 2002, people working in the security agent industry must have the appropriate licence and have completed the units of competency for each activity. These documents must be save to a digital format and uploaded on their online licensing application.

You must already hold full licence for Security Guarding General (not provisional) to apply for the following licence endorsements:

  • permitted to carry firearm
  • permitted to carry baton
  • permitted to carry handcuffs

Should your application be successful, you will receive a plastic photographic licence card and will be able to download a paper certificate from your My Licence account.

The average processing time for an application is 6 weeks.  Please wait for 6 weeks from the date you submitted the application before you call 1300 654 499 to find out how your application is progressing.

You are unable to work or operate within the security industry without a current licence identification card.

Renewing an expired agent individual licence

For the first renewal after the new system is live, you will receive a renewal reminder notice in the mail approximately 8 weeks before the expiry date on your licence card.

If the option to renew your licence is no longer available through your My Licence account, you will need to submit a new application online.

New applicants applying for their Agent Individual licence are required to pay for and get their finger prints checked.  You can apply to have your fingerprinting fee refunded if your prints are still current with Tasmania Police.  You will need to upload to your application all documents that are required for a new Agent Individual licence application.

To learn more about applying for a new Agent Individual licence, read the Guide to licensing services for Security Agents June 2018 (pdf, 5.6 MB).

Checklist

  1. Read the information on this licence page so you know what to do and what documents to provide (new application and renewal)
  2. Read the Personal Information Protection Statement (new application and renewal)
  3. Prove your identity and have your photo taken at a Service Tasmania shop (external link) (new application only) and take with you:
    1. the application or payment receipt (download and print online) and your identification to Service Tasmania (external link)
  4. Give consent to and have your fingerprints check at a Tasmania Police station (new application only) and take with you:
    1. the payment receipt (download and print online or from Service Tasmania (external link)
    2. signed Statement of Consent and Indemnity to allow the police and fingerprint records to be taken
    3. photo identification and your receipt of payment (download and print)
    4. if you are interstate - you need to go to the police in the state or territory you live in. Attach proof of this to your online application
    5. Please note - if your fingerprints have been taken previously for a licence, they may still be in police records. To check, contact Tasmania Police (external link)
  5. Give consent for us to order you a National Police record check (new application and renewal)
  6. Scan and save to a computer or storage device like a USB, digital (i.e. format in PDF; jpeg; jpg; text) copy of:
    1. citizenship or permanent residency (new application only)
    2. qualifications of full training requirements  (new application only)
    3. any new qualifications  (renewal only)
    4. current first aid certificate (new application and renewal)
    5. bankruptcy report  dated within the last month (new application and renewal)
    6. If you are applying for activity ‘inquiry agent’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    7. If you are applying for activity ‘commercial agent’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    8. If you are applying for activity ‘crowd control’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
      2. Declare that you have read the code of conduct questions – accessed online (new application and renewal)
    9. If you are applying for activity ‘security guarding general’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    10. If you are applying for security guarding activity ‘bodyguard’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    11. If you are applying for security guarding activity ‘security guard’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    12. If you are applying for security guarding activity ‘Monitoring Room Operator’ , provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
    13. If you are applying for endorsement ‘Permitted to use a dog’, provide a copy of
      1. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
      2. Dog training certificate (new application and renewal)
      3. Dog registration (new application and renewal)
    14. If you are applying for endorsement ‘Permitted to carry firearm’
      1. You must already hold a full (not provisional) security general licence
      2. You must have a current Tasmanian firearms licence with a H6 category (new application and renewal)
    15. If you are applying for endorsement ‘Permitted to carry baton’, provide a copy of
      1. You must have a full licence (not provisional) with the activity of security guarding general; permission to use guard dog OR permission to carry firearm endorsements added to the licence.
      2. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
      3. Letter from the Firearms Service, Tasmania Police advising you are exempt under Section 15c(1) of the Police Offences Act 1935. (new application and renewal)
    16. If you are applying for endorsement ‘Permitted to carry handcuffs’, provide a copy of (new application and renewal)
      1. You must have a full licence (not provisional) with the activity of security guarding general; permission to use guard dog OR permission to carry firearm endorsements added to the licence.
      2. A statement of attainment (qualifications) showing the completed training units (new application only)
      3. Letter from the Firearms Service, Tasmania Police advising you are exempt under Section 15c(1) of the Police Offences Act 1935. (new application and renewal)
  7. Have a credit card ready to pay for your licence fee online or pay at any Service Tasmania shop (external link) (new application and renewal)

Declaration

When you are completing your online application or renewal, you will need to answer a set of suitability questions. If you answer YES to any of these, you must provide a reason why.

  1. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction record) or convicted of an offence involving assault or violence in any country?
  2. Have you ever been the subject of a restraint order / family violence order or interim restraint order / interim family violence order?
  3. Have you been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of an offence involving dishonesty, fraud or theft in any country?
  4. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of an offence involving burglary or stealing in any country?
  5. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of a firearms or weapons offence in any country?
  6. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of a drug offence in any country?
  7. Have you ever been subject to a court or police diversion for any offence?
  8. Do you have any charges pending anywhere in the world? (Not traffic charges)
  9. Are you an undischarged bankrupt or have you entered into any composition or arrangement with your creditors that is still continuing?

There is a penalty for supplying any false or misleading information.

Need help to apply for or renew your licence?

Read the Guide to licensing services for Security Agents June 2018 (pdf, 5.6 MB). This guide has step-by-step instructions to help you apply for or renew your licence.

Apply for your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Apply Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4. Have a photo taken for your licence card at any Service Tasmania shop (external link) and prove your identity

Apply Now

Renew your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Renew Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4. If your licence photo has expired, have a photo taken at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Renew Now

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