About SIA Licensing

SIA licensing ensures that private security operatives are 'fit and proper' persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

Whether or not an individual requires a licence is determined by the role that is performed and the activity that is undertaken. These are described fully in Section 3 and Schedule 2 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended).

More about the roles that are licensable

The activities defined as licensable by the Act are:

  • Manned guarding, which includes:
    • Cash and Valuables in Transit
    • Close Protection
    • Door Supervision
    • Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
    • Security Guard
  • Immobilisation, restriction and removal of vehicles
  • Key Holding

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended) allows for SIA licensing of private investigation activities, security consultants and precognition agents. However, we do not currently license these activities.