Security uniforms aren’t compulsory for unarmed licensed security operators in NSW, but if uniforms are used, there are some rules to keep in mind.
The uniforms, and any emblems or insignia the security operators wear, can’t be the same or similar to any Australian or New Zealand police service or any other government or semi-government body.
While security operators aren’t required to wear a uniform while carrying out a security activity, they must display their licence at all times when carrying out security activities. Licences must be clearly visible and worn on the front or side of the body, at or above the waist on the outside of their clothing.
Armed security guards must wear a uniform while carrying out a security activity unless they have a written exemption from the Commissioner of Police.
SLED can provide advice in relation to uniforms and emblems. Contact SLED via email at SLED@police.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 362 001.
Uniform, emblem and insignia designs must not include the wording:
- Private detective
- Highway patrol
- New South Wales state
Designs must not include any other words that could suggest a link with any government body that uses such words and which, when combined with an emblem, may lead others to believe the security uniform, vehicle or stationery used has any association with that government body. This includes the Australian Army, Navy or Air Force.
Any emblems or insignia used must not have a design or colouring similar to police emblems and design.
Designs must not include emblems or insignia with the Australian coat of arms – the kangaroo and emu with a laurel and shield – or any similar design that refers in any way to any federal, state or local government or quasi-government department or authority.
If a uniform includes a light blue shirt and dark trousers an example of the related emblems or insignia must be forwarded to SLED for approval.
The blue and white chequered band, used by police around the world, should not be worn or used on any clothing, vehicle, building or advertising material.
Words on Uniforms
Any indication of rank should use words, eg Senior Security Officer. Symbols like chevrons, stars and crowns should not be used.
Any business name displayed on a uniform or motor vehicle must only be the name of the current Master licence holder or the business name the licence holder has registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The same name must be recorded on the relevant Master licence.
Any business name or sign incorporating the word “security” displayed on a motor vehicle must be accompanied by the relevant Master licence number.
Armed Security Activities
Where a security firm is carrying out armed security activities, any company or business name displayed on any uniform or motor vehicle used in connection with those activities must belong to, or be registered to, the holder of the Category H Business licence issued by the Firearms Registry authorising those activities.