Licence applications

In order to apply for a licence under the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996, your application must contain the correct supporting documentation. You must supply photocopies of all documents and provide the originals when submitting your application. The following documents are required for all licence types:

  • Proof of Age and Identity (Applicants must provide 100 points of identification)
  • Two (2) Character References
  • Four (4) passport sized photos (Head and shoulders only on white or light background)
  • Overseas Police Clearance (Required if not a resident of Australia for last 5 years)

Licence application forms can be found in Police Direct and you must carefully complete all sections.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please view the security licence fees from 1 July 2016.

Agent Licences:

Non Agent Licences:

Agent Licences

People wanting to apply for an Agent’s licence must successfully complete an open book pre-licence test before submitting their application. The test is based on the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 and the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997. A copy of these can be obtained from the State Law Publisher website.

Once the pre-licence test has been successfully completed, the application can be submitted with the following additional documents:

  • Letter of Authority
    • One director/partner must give permission for the applicant to hold the agent licence on behalf of the company/partnership (Sole Traders Exempt)
  • Accountants Letter
    • For an existing business in the Security Industry, letter confirming the business you are applying to be an agent on behalf of is financially sound.
    • For a new business in the Security Industry, letter confirming the business plan of the business you are applying to be an agent on behalf of is financially viable
  • Business documents
    • If sole trader or partnership
      • ASIC Record of Registration
    • If business structure is a company
      • ASIC Record of Registration
      • Certificate of Incorporation
      • Company Extract
    • Trust documents if applicable

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Non Agent Licences

Security Officer's Licence

Applicants applying for a Security Officer’s licence must:

  1. Complete an approved training course with an approved training provider
  2. Pass a written examination based on the content of their training course.
    For further details and to make test payment and bookings, please visit the SAIWA website.
  3. Submit their application with the following additional documents
    • Certificate II in Security Operations (must include modules)
    • Current First Aid Certificate

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Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring Centre

An approved training course is no longer required for a Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring centre licence. A licence is still required, however applicants only need to submit the required documents mentioned above.

view information relating to Firearm and Baton endorsements.

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Security Bodyguard's Licence

Applicants for a Security Bodyguard’s licence must submit their application with the following additional documents:

  • Certificate III in Security Operations Unarmed Bodyguard (Must include modules)
  • Current First Aid Certificate

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Crowd Controller's Licence

  1. Complete an approved training course with an approved training provider
  2. Pass a written examination based on the content of their training course.
    For further details and to make test payment and bookings, please visit the SAIWA website.
  3. Submit their application with the following additional documents
    • Certificate II in Security Operations (must include modules)
    • Current First Aid Certificate

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Investigator Licence

Applicants for an Investigator licence must submit their application with the following additional documents:

  • Certificate III in Investigative Services

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Security Consultant's Licence

Applicants for a Security Consultant’s licence must first complete an appropriate training course or pre-licence test prior to submitting their application:

  • Class 1: Consult in safes, vaults and locks of a kind prescribed in Regulation 6. No pre-licence test or training course is required.
  • Class 2: Consult in security alarms, CCTV for security purposes, equipment and devices prescribed in Regulation 8. Must have completed an approved training course in Technical Security.
  • Class 3: Consult in security doors as prescribed in Regulation 7. A pre-licence test based on AS5040 must be completed with a minimum of 80% to pass the test. Applicants within 50km of the Perth GPO complete the test at the licensing office in Cannington. Applicants outside this area complete the test at their local police station.
  • Class 4: Consult in matters relating to watching, guarding and protecting of property. Must have completed Certificate IV in Security Risk Management.

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Security Installer's Licence

Applicants for a Security Installer’s licence must first complete an appropriate training course or pre-licence test prior to submitting their application:

  • Class 1: Install, maintain or repair safes, vaults and locks of a kind prescribed in Regulation 6. Must have completed an approved training course in Locksmithing. Apprentices must provide proof of apprenticeship.
  • Class 2: Install, maintain or repair security alarms, CCTV for security purposes, equipment and devices prescribed in Regulation 8. Must have completed an approved training course in Technical Security.
  • Class 3: Install, maintain or repair security doors as prescribed in Regulation 7. A pre-licence test based on AS5040 must be completed with a minimum of 80% to pass the test. Applicants within 50km of the Perth GPO complete the test at the licensing office in Cannington. Applicants outside this area complete the test at their local police station.
  • Class 4: Install locks of a kind prescribed in Regulation 6. No pre-licence test or training course is required.

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Contact us

Applicants within 50km of the Perth GPO must apply in person at:

Licensing Services Security
Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Cannington WA 6107

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

Please note that new applications are not accepted after 3.15pm and renewals are not accepted after 3.30pm. Tests cannot be taken after 2:30pm. Maximum time allowed for completion of the test is 60 minutes.

Applicants more than 50km from the Perth GPO must apply in person at their local police station.

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