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 - Security Officer and Crowd Controller licence applicants - Updated 2 February 2017

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.

Licensing update - 12 December 2016

Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring Centre (Only)

Recent amendments to the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997 removed the requirement for Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring Centre applicants to complete an approved training course (including first aid).

A licence is still required, however applicants no longer need to complete a training course before submitting their application. The training requirement for a full Security Officer’s licence has not changed.

New Training Requirement for Class 2 Installer/Consultant

As of 1 January 2017 all new applicants for Class 2 (Alarms and CCTV) Security Installer and Security Consultant licences MUST complete an approved course in Technical Security prior to submitting their licence application. The current pre-licence test will be abolished on 31 December 2016. View the approved training courses.

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)

Contact your nearest police station

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday - 8:00am - 4:00pm

*Please note that 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.