The Security Industry Act 1997 uses the term “providing persons” in reference to Master licences. In relation to the security industry, “providing persons” has a specific meaning and applies to all Master licence holders, whether they’re individuals, corporations or government agencies.

To provide persons, including security operatives, to carry on a security activity means:

  • Directly providing persons to carry on the security activity, including by employing or subcontracting the persons, or
  • Indirectly providing the persons to carry on the security activity through an arrangement with another person, including by contract, franchise or otherwise.

In all these circumstances, the Master licensee is “providing” the security operatives to carry on security activities. All security operatives provided by a Master licensee must hold the appropriate Class 1 or Class 2 licence that authorises them to carry on these security activities.