About Security Licences - Operator, Master (business) and Legislation

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Operator Licence

Class 1

Class 1 licences are classified into subclasses. The subclasses are:

  • Class 1A Unarmed Guard authorises the licensee to patrol, protect or guard any property while unarmed (and whether while static or mobile)
  • Class 1B Bodyguard authorises the licensee to act as a bodyguard or to act in a similar capacity
  • Class 1C Crowd Controller authorises the licensee to act as a crowd controller or to act in a similar capacity
  • Class 1D Guard Dog Handler authorises the licensee to patrol, protect or guard any property with a dog
  • Class 1E Monitoring Centre Operator authorises the licensee to patrol, protect or guard any property while carrying on monitoring centre operations
  • Class 1F Armed Guard authorises the licensee to patrol, protect or guard approved classes of property while armed (but only under the authority of a licence or permit to use or possess firearms under the Firearms Act 1996).


Important: A Class 1A, 1B, 1C, 1E or 1F licence does not authorise the licensee to carry on a security activity with a dog.

All holders of operator licences must be employed by a Master licensee.

For information about Class 1 licences refer to section 11 of the Security Industry Act 1997.

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Class 2

Class 2 licences are classified into subclasses. The subclasses are:

  • Class 2A Security Consultant authorises the licensee:
    - to sell security methods or principles, and
    - to act as a consultant by identifying and analysing security risks and providing solutions and management strategies to minimise those security risks
  • Class 2B Security Seller authorises the licensee:
    - to sell, and provide advice in relation to, security equipment, and
    - to sell the services of persons to carry on any security activity, and
    - to act as an agent for, or otherwise obtain contracts for, the supply of persons to carry on any security activity, the supply of any security equipment or the supply of any security activity, and
    - to broker any security activity by acting as an intermediary to negotiate and obtain any such activity for a person in return for a commission or financial benefit
  • Class 2C Security Equipment Specialist authorises the licensee to sell, install, maintain, repair and service, and provide advice in relation to, security equipment (including electronic security equipment and barrier equipment) and to act as a locksmith
  • Class 2D Security Trainer authorises the licensee to provide training, assessment or instruction in relation to any security activity.


Important: The authority conferred by a Class 2D licence does not extend to training or instruction in the use of firearms.

Trainers and instructors of security guards and security personnel who use firearms in their employment are approved by the Commissioner under the Firearms Regulation 2006 and are required to be licensed under the Firearms Act 1996.

All holders of operator licences must be employed by a Master licensee.

For information about Class 2 licences refer to section 12 of the Security Industry Act 1997.

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Master (business) Licences

Master licences are classified into subclasses. The subclasses are:

  • Class MA authorises the holder (who is self-employed and who holds a class 1 or class 2 licence, or both) to provide his or her services to carry on security activities
  • Class MB authorises the holder to provide no more than 3 persons on any one day to carry on security activities, each of whom must be the holder of a class 1 or class 2 licence
  • Class MC authorises the holder to provide no more than 14 persons on any one day to carry on security activities, each of whom must be the holder of a class 1 or class 2 licence
  • Class MD authorises the holder to provide no more than 49 persons on any one day to carry on security activities, each of whom must be the holder of a class 1 or class 2 licence
  • Class ME authorises the holder to provide an unlimited number of persons on any one day to carry on security activities, each of whom must be the holder of a class 1 or class 2 licence.


A Master licence does not authorise the licensee to enter into any arrangement, by contract, franchise or otherwise, with another person for the purpose of providing persons to carry on security activities unless the other person is the holder of a Master licence or is a corporation holding a visitor permit authorising its holder to carry on security activities of a kind authorised by a Master licence.

For information about Master licences refer to section 10 of the Security Industry Act 1997.

Close Associates

A Close Associate is a person involved with a security business who can significantly influence the conduct of the business due to their financial interest or power. All Close Associates of a business must be declared to the SLED as part of the business. Any changes to the Close Associates of a Master licence must be disclosed within 14 days.

For full definition of a Close Associate and more information refer to form P644 - Close Associate Nomination.

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Security Licence Legislation

Security Industry Act 1997 (http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/act+157+1997+cd+0+N)

Security Industry Regulation 2016 (http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/subordleg+376+2007+cd+0+N)

Penalty Notice Offences (schedule 3 of the Regulation)
(http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/regulation/2016/557/sch3)

For information about mutual recognition legislation refer to the Mutual Recognition webpage.

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