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Security industry breaches and penalties

Unlicensed work

Unlicensed security work is against the law. The following penalties apply.

Type of offence First offence Second offence Third offence
Any individual working unlicensed in the security industry or advertisng such work while unlicensed $65275

$91385
or
6 months in prison

$130550
or
18 months in prison

Any company operating unlicensed in the security industry  $326375 $456925 $652750
Any individual hiring an unlicensed security provider  $65275

$91385
or
6 months in prison

$130550
or
18 months in prison

Any company hiring an unlicensed security provider $326375 $456925 $652750

Disqualifying offences

We will cancel your licence if you're convicted of a disqualifying offence. You will have 14 days to return your licence to us.

The maximum fine for failing to do so is $2611.

Change of details

You must advise us within 7 days about any changes to:

  • personal details
  • any aspect of your licence
  • when your membership of an approved security industry association ends.

The maximum fine for failing to do so is $1,305.

Inspector's powers

Inspectors have the legal authority to make sure that you don’t break the law. You must follow their lawful directions, or you risk a fine.

Offence Maximum penalty
Not giving your name and address (if the inspector finds or suspects that you are breaking the law) $6527.5
Not giving information about an alleged breach (if the inspector finds or suspects that you are breaking the law) $26110
Giving false or misleading information or documents to an inspector $7833
Not giving an inspector a document that you are legally required to keep (for example a licence or register) $26110
Stopping the inspector from carrying out any of their powers $26110
Not producing your licence when asked by a person with whom you are dealing with while you are acting as a security provider.  $2611

Registers

Depending on your type of business, you may need to keep a register.

The maximum fine for failing to keep a proper register is $2611.

Licence conditions

You must not break any condition on your licence.

The maximum fine if you do is $5222.

Identification

Security providers must:

  • have visible identification on their clothing at chest level
  • not wear or display a hat with a checkerboard design (like that of a police officer).

The maximum fine for either breach is $2611.

Restricted licences

A restricted licensee must:

  • only carry out the security functions that they are licensed to
  • have an unrestricted licensee with them to supervise their work.

The maximum fine for either breach is $2611.