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2 April 2020

Security licensing measures in response to COVID-19

Online Applications

Applications for Class 1 and Class 2 security operative licences can now be completed online via the Service NSW website. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online rather than posting paper-based applications.

Photograph requirements for Class 1 and Class 2 licence holders

If you have renewed your security licence, but are unable to attend a Service NSW centre due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may continue to display your existing security licence card until restrictions have been lifted.

Fingerprint requirement for Master licence holders

Master licence applicants unable to attend a NSW police station for fingerprinting due to self-isolation, border closures, or other COVID-19 related restrictions, may be eligible for an extension and should contact SLED on 1300 362 001 with information regarding their circumstances.

This is not available to Class 1 or Class 2 applicants due to their need to still comply with photograph requirements.

Licence card exemption

SLED has introduced a new exemption category under s.36(2) of the Security Industry Act 1997 (Licence to be worn by licensee) for security activities in a health services environment that are carried out whilst wearing a personal protective garment covering the person’s outer clothing down to or past the level of their waist.


To minimise the risk of disruptions as a result of COVID-19, SLED has implemented email correspondence for all new applications and service notifications.

Approved Organisation Training

Approved Organisations have been informed that they may apply to SLED for altered training delivery arrangements to cater for social distancing requirements and minimise the risk of transmission. This includes delivery of training and formative assessment online or by distance education.

Qualification requirements for individuals seeking to reapply for Class 1 licences

SLED will be offering special consideration to individuals who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fail to renew their security licence.

Once COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted, individuals who wish to reapply for a security licence, but do not hold qualifications from the current approved training package, may apply for special consideration provided they held an active Class 1A, B, C, D or F security licence on 1 March 2020.

25 March 2020

Online applications for security operative licences

Applications for Class 1 and Class 2 security operative licences can now be lodged online and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in this manner rather than posting SLED paper-based applications.

For details on application and eligibility requirements, and to apply online, go to

29 September 2019

New Fact Sheets.

SLED has published Fact Sheets on the approved manner and form requirements for incident and sign-on registers. Click here to access these Fact Sheets.

22 October 2018

Approved classes of retail outlets.

Section 4 of the Security Industry Act 1997 (the Act) prescribes that certain retail outlets do not require a security licence for a range of transactions involving "basic household or automotive security items".

The following classes of retail outlets are "approved classes of retail outlets" for the purposes of the Act:

  1. physical stores at which customers can self-select their desired item, pay for it at a cashier and leave with the item to independently arrange its installation; and
  2. online retailers who provide a facility for customers to purchase items over the internet, without engagement with a salesperson, and who arrange delivery of the item to the customer via third party agents (for example, couriers or Australia Post)

What sort of transactions can these retail outlets engage in?

These retail outlets can:

  • sell,
  • provide advice about, and
  • act as an agent for the supply of basic household or automotive security items.

What are basic household or automotive security items?

These are:

(a) items ordinarily used for basic household security and capable of being installed by the owner or occupier, including:

  • doors and grilles,
  • door and window locks,
  • padlocks,
  • portable safes weighting not more than 50 kilograms, or
  • other electronic or mechanical security items (other than items that are ordinarily installed, maintained or serviced by or on behalf of the supplier of the item)

(b) items designed to minimise the possibility of motor vehicle theft, including a vehicle immobiliser, vehicle alarm or GPS tracking device.

28 November 2017

Lodge a report of Security Non-Compliance online.

The SLED website now includes the option of lodging a report of Security Non-Compliance easily and quickly online. The report can be lodged from a web browser on a desktop computer or mobile device. Go to the SLED homepage ( to make a report.

25 May 2017

On 9 May 2017, changes to the Security Industry Act 1997 commenced. The revised Act can be viewed here

23 September 2016

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) cancels qualifications issued by Queensland security trainer Peacemakers Security Pty Ltd.

The national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has decided to cancel qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Peacemakers Security Pty Ltd. Please refer to the ASQA news article for more information.

1 September 2016

The Security Industry Regulation 2016 commenced today (1 September 2016) and can be found here

9 August 2016

Security Industry Amendment (Private Investigators) Bill 2016.

The Security Industry Amendment (Private Investigators) Bill 2016 has been introduced into Parliament and can be found here.

The SLED has been informed that transitional arrangements (i.e. how these reforms will impact current licence holders) will be detailed in a supporting Regulation that has not yet been drafted. The SLED will update industry as further information comes to hand.

16 December 2015

Use of drug detection dogs by the security industry.

The SLED reminds security licensees that amendments to the Security Industry Act 1997 (the SI Act) commenced on 8 January 2015 in relation to the use of dogs while carrying on security activity. These amendments are contained within sections 11(3) and 23F of the SI Act.

Section 11 (3) of the SI Act states: "A class 1A, class 1B, class 1C, class 1E or class 1F licence does not authorise the licensee to carry on a security activity with a dog."

Section 23F of the SI Act states: "It is a condition of every class 1A, class 1B, class 1C, class 1E or class 1F licence that the licensee must not carry on the security activity authorised by the licence with a dog."

As a consequence of this legislation, the screening of persons seeking entry to any licensed premises, public entertainment venue or public or private event or function with a dog, including a drug detection dog, is a contravention of the SI Act.

In a statement released on 11 December 2015, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, the Hon Troy Grant, said:

"Police often use drug detection dogs at events including music festivals as they are a very useful tool in detecting illicit drugs. However, their use must be closely controlled to ensure searches are conducted properly, lawfully and with police oversight scrutiny in the case of complaints by members of the public about their use.

That’s why it’s crucial that the operation of drug detection dogs is retained by police who have the full resources, powers and ability to train the animals with real illicit drugs and also to search, arrest and charge people with drugs possession if drugs are found.

This is why the amendments were made to the Security Industry Act 1997, taking effect in January this year, as prior to that the use of drug detection dogs by private operators was unregulated.

There are no plans to amend the legislation."

Dogs may only be used by class 1D licensees and only to carry on activities authorised by that licence subclass (ie patrol, protect or guard any property with a dog).

1 January 2016

Changes to class 2A competency and experience requirements from 1 January 2016.

New competency and experience requirements for class 2A security licences will commence on 1 January 2016. To be granted a class 2A security licence on, or after, 1 January 2016, you must satisfy all licensing requirements, including the following competency and experience requirements.

Competency requirements

Applicants must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Police, that they hold the Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707) qualification and have attained the following units of competency:

  • Prepare security risk management plan (CPPSEC5004A)
  • Implement security risk management plan (CPPSEC5005A)

Applicants must submit certified copies of the qualification and a statement of attainment or a record of results issued by a Registered Training Organisation showing that they have attained units of competency CPPSEC5004A and CPPSEC5005A. Such documents must be submitted by applicants either with their licence application or within 42 days of having lodged their licence application.

Experience requirements

Applicants must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Police that they possess the following experience:

  • have held a class 1 and/or a class 2 security licence continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have been recorded as a nominated person for one or more master security licensees continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have been employed by one or more master security licensees to manage the carrying on of security activities continuously for a total period of at least 5 years, or
  • have carried on the activities authorised by a class 2A licence in another jurisdiction, or as an exempt person, for a total period of at least 5 years.

Note: relevant experience is deemed to be continuous if not broken by any period in excess of 12 months, including the period immediately prior to the application for the class 2A licence.

Applicants must submit evidence that they satisfy these experience requirements with their licence application.

29 April 2014

Applications for Security Licences - Evidence of Attainment of Competencies.

Applicants for security licences are now able to lodge their application prior to completing any required training and assessment. Applicants can now choose to provide the evidence that they have attained any required competencies either with their application, or within 42 days after lodging their application.

The intent of this change is to reduce the time between a person deciding to enter the industry and them actually being granted a licence to do so, as it allows the SLED to conduct the fingerprinting process and other probity checks in parallel with the applicant completing any required training and assessment.

9 December 2013

Security Industry Amendment (Licences) Act 2013 and Security Industry Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2013.

On 9 December 2013, changes to the security industry legislation took effect, including:

  • extending licence eligibility to include an applicant who is a holder of a working visa (other than a student or working holiday visa)
  • allowing applicants for a Class 1 or Class 2 licence to lodge the required training documentation within 42 days after lodging their application
  • omitting the requirement for an applicant for a master licence or visitor permit who is a corporation to include its Australian Company Number in the application
  • providing for the Commissioner of Police to make determinations in relation to uniforms to be worn and vehicles to be used in connection with the carrying on of security activities.

For more information, refer to the Security Industry Amendment (Licences) Act 2013 and Security Industry Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2013.

8 April 2013

Acceptance of Training Certification.

All applicants for a Class 1 licence must meet current competency requirements as published on the SLED website. Holders of training certificates that do not meet these requirements must contact a SLED Approved Organisation (Security Training) to obtain acceptable training certification.

This does not apply to existing licensees who renew within 90 days of their licence expiry date.

22 February 2013

RMS ID required prior to submitting an application for a NSW security operator licence.

All successful applicants for NSW security operator licences are issued with a photo-licence card. NSW Security Photo-Licence Cards are issued by NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS).

To facilitate the production of a photo-licence card, applicants must either hold a:

  • NSW Driver Licence or
  • Photo Card issued by RMS or
  • obtain a Customer Number (issued by RMS where applicants reside interstate).

To obtain an RMS Customer Number, an applicant needs to provide proof of identity documents such as a passport, proof of address (utility bill) and proof of signature (a credit card or similar).

It is the SLED's understanding that RMS does not charge for this service. However, more information can be obtained by telephoning RMS on 1800 624 384 (for interstate callers) or 13 22 13 (for calling from NSW).

2012 Legislation change news articles

29 October 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012

3 October 2012 - SLED '2012 Security Legislation Changes' information sessions

17 September 2012 - Error in draft Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012

3 September 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Regulation 2012 (draft)

2 July 2012 - Security Industry Amendment Bill 2012

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