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Disqualifying offences for security licences

If you have committed offences, it will affect your ability to get or hold a security licence.

Some offences are so serious that you can’t get or hold a security licence if you have committed one.

Other offences don’t automatically disqualify you, but we do take them into account when deciding if you should be allowed to get or hold a security licence.

If you are applying for a security licence as an individual, a security firm, or an executive officer of a corporation then the below criteria apply to you.

Automatic disqualification

If you have committed any of the following offences, you will be automatically disqualified from getting or holding a security licence.

Automatic disqualification applies if you have been convicted (conviction recorded) of any of the following offences within the last 10 years:

Type of offence Some examples (but not limited to only these)
Any crime set out in Schedule 1 of the Criminal Code 1899
  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Rape, assault, sexual assault or indecent assault
  • Stealing, false pretences, fraud, theft, armed robbery or receiving stolen property
  • Dangerous driving
  • Consorting
Any weapons offence punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more
  • Possessing certain firearms without a licence
  • Dangerous conduct with weapons
  • Failure to adequately store weapons
Any drug offence punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more
  • Possessing a dangerous drug
  • Producing or supplying dangerous drugs
  • Possessing items used with a dangerous drug
Certain police administration offences
  • Impersonating a police officer
  • Possessing police property
Terrorism
  • Offences committed either in Australia or overseas relating to terrorism
Certain offences committed with a serious or organised crime circumstance of aggravation
  • Corruption offences
  • Child sexual exploitation offences
  • Certain violent or sexual offences
  • Riot
  • Robbery
  • Extortion

You are still automatically disqualified if you are convicted of an equivalent offence outside Queensland.

Licence applications

If you apply for a licence, your application will be refused.

Already licensed

If you are convicted of any of these offences while you are licensed, your licence will be automatically cancelled.

If this happens, you:

  • cannot appeal the cancellation
  • will be penalised if you work unlicensed
  • cannot apply for a licence for 10 years from the date of your conviction.

If you are charged with any of these offences while you are licensed, we may ask you to justify to us why we shouldn’t suspend or cancel your licence.

Other offences and conduct

We can still take into account other offences and conduct, even if they do not automatically disqualify you from getting or holding a security licence.

This includes:

  • offences in the table above that are older than 10 years
  • any other offence, in Queensland or elsewhere, even if it is older than 10 years
  • any unrecorded findings of guilt against you (i.e. no conviction recorded)
  • if you have:
    • shown dishonesty or a lack of integrity in your dealings
    • used harassing tactics
    • associated with criminals in a way that indicates unlawful activity
    • taken advantage of bankruptcy laws
  • if you are a risk to public safety
  • if it would not be in the public interest for you to hold a licence.

Remember, we can take into account offences under laws other than the Criminal Code and fair trading laws.

For example, if you have engaged in practices that breach workplace laws, like sham contracting, we may consider you unsuitable to hold a licence.

Licence applications

If you apply for a licence, we will take into account these factors when making our decision.

It is up to us to decide whether or not to grant you a licence. If we decide to refuse your application for a licence, we must tell you the reasons for our decision. You can appeal our decision.

Already licensed

If you are charged or found guilty of an offence, or engage in any other improper conduct, while you are licensed, we may ask you to justify to us why we shouldn’t cancel your licence.

It is up to us to decide whether or not you are suitable to continue to hold a licence. If we decide that you are not, we must give the reasons for our decision. You can appeal our decision.

Last updated
30 June 2017
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