Security licences

Apply for a security licence

You must apply for a security licence in the Northern Territory (NT) to:

  • work as a security officer or crowd controller
  • run a security firm
  • provide crowd control or private security services as a corporation or partnership.

If you have an existing licence from interstate, you may be eligible for mutual recognition or automatic mutual recognition.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete training for security officers and crowd controllers and first aid course HLTAID011 or HLTAID003 (unless you’re a corporation and partnerships) - attach proof
  • get a criminal history check for yourself or any person associated with the corporation or partnership
  • identify all officers if you’re a corporation or partnership, like:
    • director, secretary, partners and executive officer
    • management or person who has control or influence over affairs.

While you undertake your training and first aid course, you can apply for a provisional licence.

You may not be granted a licence if you have been charged with disqualifying offence(s). Read more about disqualifying offences PDF (197.8 KB).

How to apply

To apply, go to Licensing NT Online or follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the application for a private security licence.

Application for a private security licence DOCX (70.7 KB)
Application for a private security licence PDF (204.7 KB)

Step 2. Get a police fingerprint check.

Step 3. Check the fee.

Step 4. Submit your application and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

If you have an existing licence from interstate

If you have an interstate security licence, you may be eligible for:

  • mutual recognition
  • automatic mutual recognition.

Companies or partnerships are not eligible.

Mutual recognition

If you live in the NT and have an interstate security licence, you can apply for mutual recognition.

To apply, go to Licensing NT Online or follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the application for security officer or crowd controller licence under mutual recognition.

Application for security officer or crowd controller licence under mutual recognition DOCX (69.5 KB)
Application for security officer or crowd controller licence under mutual recognition PDF (151.7 KB)

Step 2. Check the fee.

Step 3. Submit your application and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Automatic mutual recognition

You may be eligible for the automatic mutual recognition scheme if you:

  • live in another state or territory and have an interstate security licence
  • are required to work in the NT for a period of time.

This scheme allows you to use your interstate licence across Australia.

Read more about automatic mutual recognition for eligibility and how to apply.

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Last updated: 28 July 2022

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