Upcoming changes to the security industry in 2020

A new security operations training package has been developed in consultation with the security industry and regulators. The new training aims to meet industry needs and improve the quality of the training. It also provides a consistent national approach to licensing.

These changes are taking place from 20 January 2020.

Transitional arrangements

From 20 January 2020, a transitional period allows students and Registered Training Organisations to complete the training they initially enrolled in without having to undertake any units in the new training package.  The transitional period ends on 1 July 2020.

Anyone with a qualification from the previous training package can apply for a licence by 30 September 2020 for these qualifications to be accepted.

From 1 October 2020, previous training package qualifications will not be accepted.

New applicants

The previous training package qualifications are accepted until 30 September 2020.

All new applications from 1 October 2020 will need to provide the new training qualifications.

Current licence holders

If you currently hold a licence, you do not need to meet the new training requirements unless you are seeking to add new activities to your licence.

Examples when adding new activity to current licence

Current licenceActivity you want to addTraining requirements from 1 October 2020
Security General GuardingMonitoring Room Operator (MRO)Complete all units from the new qualification
Security General GuardingFirearmsComplete new units from Certificate III in Security Operations. You will also need to have a current firearms licence and provide proof of this when applying.
Security General GuardingBaton and handcuffsComplete all units from the new qualification
Security General GuardingSecurity guarding with a dogComplete all units from the new qualification

Further information

Visit My Skills (external link) for more information and a full list of the new security training qualifications.

Updated: 20 Jan 2020