Security

Private security activities within Western Australia are governed by the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 and the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997.

Licensing Services (Security) regulates and manages the security industry and is responsible for:

  • issuing security licences and registrations
  • renewal of security licences and registrations
  • monitoring of security licences and registration holders

Licensing Services (Security) aim to provide the community of Western Australia with confidence in a professional security industry where competency (training), integrity and accountability are provided and maintained at a high standard.

Licensing Update – 7 April 2020 – COVID-19

Firearm and Baton training for existing weapon endorsed Security Officers

Due to the ongoing concern surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the Australian Government advice on social distancing, Licensing Services is aware that holders of Security Officer licences with firearm and baton endorsements may not be able to fulfil their obligations in relation to re-qualification training.  It has been decided, to ensure business continuity, to provide an exemption to completing firearm and baton re-qualification training, for existing licence holders, between the below dates to enable the security industry and personnel to carry out business as normal.

Please be aware that this exemption is only valid for 6 months between 1 April 2020 and 1 October 2020.

Licensing Services will monitor the situation and the above time frame will be reviewed if necessary.

Licensing Update – 23 March 2020 – COVID-19

  • The Licensing front counter at Cannington remains open
  • Only applicants or licence holders may attend the Licensing office
  • If you have the symptoms of a cold or flu, do not attend the Licensing office
  • Licences can no longer be collected in person – all licences will be posted
  • Where possible, please make payment by EFTPOS or credit card
  • Renewals by post can now be paid by credit card by completing the form enclosed with your renewal notice
  • Call 1300 171 011 if you have any queries

Important Licensing Update – 13 February 2020

On the 10 February 2020, Licensing Services (Security) implemented a new computer licensing system. As a result of this implementation, new identification cards and paper licences were designed and have commenced being issued. Existing licence holders will have their current identification cards and licences replaced at their next renewal. The previous identification cards and licences remain current until expiry.

Please be aware that specific licence information which was previously displayed on the paper licence is now displayed on the identification card (e.g. first aid expiry, endorsement details, licence classes and agent company details).

If a Crowd Controller or Crowd Control Agent licence is held the card will have an orange coloured background, otherwise it will be blue (with the exception of temporary licences which will be salmon coloured).

Please note the new cards contain licences codes under the licence number. These codes relate to the licence types held as displayed on the paper licence.

If you have any questions in relation to this please contact Licensing Services (Security) on 1300 171 011. Examples of the new identification cards and licences are below:

New licence example 1

New licence example 2

Update - Certificate II in Security Operations (Security Officer and Crowd Controller) Training

On 21 January 2019, the training course for Security Officers and Crowd Controllers was updated. The new course, CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations, supersedes and is not equivalent to the previous course, CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations.

For licensing purposes CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations can be taught until 20 January 2020. From 21 January 2020, only CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations can be taught for licensing purposes. 

Until 31 July 2020, Licensing Services (Security) will accept either:

(1) CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations training certificates dated before 21 January 2020. This additional 6 months allows students sufficient time to successfully complete the mandatory SAIWA competency test. CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations training certificates dated after 20 January 2020 will not be accepted at all;

or

(2) CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations training certificates (upon successful completion of the SAIWA competency test).

From 1 August 2020, only CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations training certificates will be accepted for new licence applications.

Security Licensing Requirements

CPP20212 Certificate II in Security Operations

CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations 

Update - Certificate III in Security Operations (Armed Security Officers – Cash in Transit industry) Training

On 21 January 2019, the training course for Armed Security Officers – Cash in Transit industry was updated. The new course, CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations, supersedes and is not equivalent to the previous course, CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations.

From 1 April 2020, only CPP31318 Certificate III in Security Operations certificates will be accepted for new licence applications.

Security Licensing Requirements

CPP31318 Armed Security Officers – Cash in Transit industry

Update - Certificate III in Close Protection Operations (Unarmed Bodyguard) Training

On 21 January 2019, a new training course, CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations, was implemented for Unarmed Bodyguards. The new course resulted from a revision of existing qualifications that include CPP30411 Certificate III in Security Operations.

From 1 April 2020, only CPP31418 Certificate III in Close Protection Operations training certificates will be accepted for new licence applications.

Security Licensing Requirements

CPP31418 Unarmed Bodyguard

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) for Crowd Controllers

It is not a requirement for a person to be RSA trained to apply for or be issued a Crowd Controller's Licence with Licensing Services and this will not change after 1/7/2018. There is no requirement in the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 for a Crowd Controller to be RSA trained.

The requirement is due to changes to the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 which is not administered by Licensing Services. The change will make it necessary for a Crowd Controller working in licensed premises to be RSA trained. A Crowd Controller who does not work in licensed premises does not need to be RSA trained.

You should direct any further enquiries to Racing, Gaming and Liquor (08 6551 4888) within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries as they administer the Liquor Control Regulations.

Security Officer and Crowd Controller Licence applicants SAIWA Test

From 1 February 2017, due to amendments to the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997, all applicants for Security Officer and/or Crowd Controller Licences, must have successfully completed a written examination based on the content of their training course before submitting their application.

This requirement does not apply to applicants whose licence/s expired within the last 12 months and provide their old training certificates plus a letter from their employer to confirm they have worked in the capacity of a Security Officer and/or Crowd Controller within the past year. It also does not apply to applicants for Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring Centre only.

Metropolitan Applicants:

The test will be undertaken at the office of the Security Agents Institute of Western Australia (SAIWA). For testing purposes, metropolitan extends south to Mandurah, north to Yanchep and east to Northam.

Please visit the SAIWA website to make test payment and bookings.
Students have 6 months from the date of passing the test to submit their licence application.

Country Applicants:

The test can be taken at the following Regional Police Centres only: Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Exmouth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra and South Hedland. In the first instance, payment must be made on the SAIWA website. Applicants then attend their Regional Police Centre where proof of payment and identification is checked before the test is taken. Contact your Regional Police Centre to book a time to attend to sit the test.

Please visit the SAIWA website to make test payment and bookings.
Students have 6 months from the date of passing the test to submit their licence application.

For all licensing queries call Licensing Services Security on 1300 171 011.

Contact us

Licensing Services (Security)

Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Cannington WA 6107

Postal Address:
Locked Bag 9
East Perth WA 6892

Tel: 1300 171 011
Fax: (08) 9454 1533
Email Licensing Services (Security)

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Opening hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm (Closed Public Holidays).

Please note:

  • The office will not open until 9am on the first Thursday of every month.
  • New applications are not accepted after 3.15pm and renewals are not accepted after 3.30pm due to time taken to process applications.
  • Tests cannot be taken after 2:30pm. Maximum time allowed for completion of the test is 60 minutes.