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Key info

  • A security employee licence allows you to work in the security industry for a person or organisation holding an agent individual or an agent body corporate licence.
  • An employee licence does not allow you to work for yourself.
  • You can apply for activities to be added to your licence, including crowd controller, security guard or commercial employee.
  • A security employee licence is valid for 3 years.
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About applying for or renewing a security employee licence

You must first apply online, you still need to visit a service centre to prove your identity and have your photo taken. Your application cannot be fully processed until you have completed these steps.

If your application is successful, you receive a licence certificate. You will be able to download a copy from the My Licence portal.

You will be sent a renewal reminder notice about 8 weeks before your licence expires.

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

How to apply or renew

What you need to apply or renew

To apply for a licence for the first time, or after your licence has expired, you must provide:

  • your personal details
  • type of licence(s) you want
  • a Tasmanian licence number of the manager(s) or agent you will be working for
  • certificate(s) showing any required training
  • your first aid certificate
  • proof of identity documents
  • current visa or Australian citizenship certificate if born overseas showing you have work rights in Australia
  • national personal insolvency index records (bankruptcy statements) dated within the last month (if applicable)
  • payment.

You must also:

To renew a licence, you must login to your My Licence portal and provide:

  • your licence details
  • your personal details
  • any supporting documents including any new qualifications
  • current visa or Australian Citizenship certificate if born overseas showing you have work rights in Australia
  • national personal insolvency index records (bankruptcy statements) dated within the last month (if applicable)
  • payment.

You must also:

To apply for an endorsement on your current general security licence you must provide extra documents. Visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for the different endorsements you can add to your security licence, and their requirements.

Can I apply or renew?

You must:

Proving your identity

You do not need to prove your identity for processes that you can complete online.

If visiting a service centre you must provide 4 documents from the following lists to support your application. All the documents must be current.

If you bring copies of your original certificates they must be certified by a Commissioner for Declarations or a Justice of the Peace (JP).

You must have:

  • One commencement of identity document
  • One primary use in community document
  • Two secondary use in community documents.

  • Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate) issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Australian passport
  • Australian visa current at the time of entry into Australia as a resident or tourist supported by current overseas passport. If you do not have evidence of your current visa, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
  • Australian Government issued ImmiCard showing your visa and/or migration status. If you don't have evidence of your current visa, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
  • Identity certificate issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to:
    • refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry into Australia
    • Australian citizens who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
  • Australian citizenship or naturalisation certificate (including citizenship by descent).

If you were born in Australia and do not have a commencement in the community document, please get a certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory where you were born.

  • Current Australian driver licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued with a signature and photo
  • Current overseas passport with a valid visa
  • Australian marriage certificate (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
  • Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency with a signature and photo
  • Current firearms licence showing a signature and photo (minor or junior permits or licences not accepted)
  • A current student identification card (for persons under 18 years of age).

  • Medicare card
  • Australian security guard or crowd control licence
  • Department of Veteran Affairs or Centrelink pensioner concession card or other entitlement card issued by Australian Government (card or interim letter are suitable evidence - statements will not be accepted)
  • Consular photo identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
  • Police force ID card issued to an officer
  • Student identity card with photo issued by educational institution - if no expiry date, will be accepted up to 2 years from issue date
  • Academic transcript from an Australian university up to 12 months from issue date
  • Council rates assessment notice issued within the last 12 months
  • Utility bill issued within the last 12 months showing your name and address
  • Bank account or credit card, with your name in full and your signature (if you use 2 cards they must be from different financial institutions)
  • Bank statement or letter issued within the last 12 months including your name in full, account number or account type and financial institution letterhead or branch stamp.

All proof of identity documents must show your full name. If you have changed your name and the documents show your old name, you must also show one of these documents:

  • Change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages, deed poll or overseas issuing authority
  • Marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (or interstate/overseas registry office equivalent). Church or celebrant issued certificates are not accepted
  • Divorce papers issued by court, showing your original name
  • Guardianship order
  • Relationship certificate
  • Adoption papers issued by court.

If you cannot get any of these documents, please contact Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for further information.

How much it costs

OccupationFee

Agent individual

$773.50

Agent body corporate

$773.50

Employee

$204

Amend registered details - agent individual licence, employee licence, body corporate.

  • This fee only applies if changes mean a new card must be produced (for example new activity, removing the 'provisional' condition).
  • You can change personal or manager details using your My Licence account.

$59.50

Issue a duplicate licence or identity card

$59.50

Apply for exemption to display identity card

$59.50

Fingerprinting (cost recovered charges)

$75

Criminal history police check (cost recovered charges)

$45

Criminal history and fingerprinting check - first time applicants only (cost recovery charges)

Body corporate applications - required for each director *

$120

* Not required if already obtained for an individual licence

Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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More Information

  • The average processing time for an application is 6 weeks. If there are any issues with your application, you will be contacted either by phone or email.
  • The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme has commenced in Tasmania. This allows you to use your current licence or registration to do the same activities in other parts of Australia. Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to find out more.

Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for more information on applying for or renewing a security employee licence.