Mutual recognition for security and investigation agents licence

Mutual recognition allows your current interstate security licence to be recognised in Tasmania. Mutual recognition only applies to employees and individual agents who hold an equivalent current security licence in another Australian state or territory. The interstate security licence being used to apply under mutual recognition cannot be used if it was also obtained under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992.

You cannot use an interstate licence in Tasmania

Mutual recognition does not apply to an agent body corporate (company) which must apply through the normal application process.

Eligibility

You can apply for a security licence if you:

If you hold a full interstate employee or agent individual licence you do not need to complete Tasmanian training.

You will need give us a certified copy of your interstate licence and complete an online application.  A certified document is witnessed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or a Commissioner for Declarations.

Under the Security and Investigations Agents Act 2002 (external link) people working in the security agent industry must have the appropriate licence and have completed the units of competency for each activity. These documents must be saved into a digital format and uploaded to their online licensing application.

You must already hold full licence for Security Guarding General (not provisional) to apply for the following licence endorsements:

  • permitted to carry firearm
  • permitted to carry baton
  • permitted to carry handcuffs

Should your application be successful, you will receive a plastic photographic licence card and will be able to download a paper certificate from your My Licence account.

The average processing time for an application is 6 weeks. Please wait for 6 weeks from the date you submitted the application before you call 1300 654 499 to find out how your application is progressing.

A Tasmanian licence will not be granted until checks have been done with the relevant State or Territory.  You are unable to work or operate within the security industry without a current licence identification card.

Checklist

  1. Read the information on this licence page so you know what to do and what documents to provide
  2. Read the Personal Information Protection Statement
  3. Select the licence activities you are qualified and licenced to do
  4. Give consent for us to order you a National Police record check (external link)
  5. Scan and save to a computer or storage device like a USB, a digital (i.e. format in PDF; jpeg; jpg; text) copy of:
    1. your interstate licence certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) (external link) or Commissioner of Declarations (external link)
    2. prove your identity  with a copy of your driver’s licence, passport or a combination of documents certified by a Justice of the Peach (JP) or Commissioner of Declarations
    3. 2 passport sized photos that have been witnessed by an adult who has known you for at least 12 months
    4. proof that you have had your fingerprints check at a Police station in your State or Territory
    5. citizenship or permanent residency
    6. current first aid certificate
    7. bankruptcy report dated within the last month (when applying for Agent Individual licence)
  6. Have a credit card ready to pay your licence fee online

Declaration

When you are completing your online application or renewal, you will need to answer a set of suitability questions. If you answer YES to any of these, you must provide a reason why.

  1. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction record) or convicted of an offence involving assault or violence in any country?
  2. Have you ever been the subject of a restraint order / family violence order or interim restraint order / interim family violence order?
  3. Have you been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of an offence involving dishonesty, fraud or theft in any country?
  4. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of an offence involving burglary or stealing in any country?
  5. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of a firearms or weapons offence in any country?
  6. Have you ever been charged, found guilty (without a conviction recorded) or convicted of a drug offence in any country?
  7. Have you ever been subject to a court or police diversion for any offence?
  8. Do you have any charges pending anywhere in the world? (Not traffic charges)
  9. Are you an undischarged bankrupt or have you entered into any composition or arrangement with your creditors that is still continuing?

There is a penalty for supplying any false or misleading information

Need help to apply for or renew your licence?

Read the Guide to licensing services for Security Agents June 2018 (pdf, 5.6 MB).  This guide has step-by-step instructions to help you apply for your licence.

Apply for your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Apply Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4. Have a photo taken for your licence card at any Service Tasmania shop (external link) and prove your identity

Apply Now

Renew your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Renew Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4. If your licence photo has expired, have a photo taken at any Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Renew Now

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