Disqualifying offences for security licences

If you have committed an offence, you may be disqualified from holding or getting a security licence for the following categories:

  • security officer
  • crowd controller
  • security firm.

This page lists the types of disqualifying offences for these licences.

A disqualifying offence is a serious offence in any jurisdiction. For more information, read the Private Security Act 1995.

You cannot hold a licence if you have been convicted of a disqualifying offence within 10 years of applying for the licence.

If you hold a current licence and are charged with a disqualifying offence, you may have your licence suspended.


The following are disqualifying offences against part two, division one of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1990.

Subdivision 1 - supply of dangerous drug

Subdivision 2 - cultivation of prohibited plant and manufacture of dangerous drug

Subdivision 3 - possession of dangerous drug

Subdivision 4 - other possession offences

Subdivision 5 - alternative verdicts

The following are disqualifying offences against a section of the Weapons Control Act 2001.

Section 6 - prohibited weapons

Section 7 - controlled weapons – general

Section 8 - offensive weapons

Section 9 - body armour

The following are disqualifying offences against a section of the Firearms Act 1997.

Section 59 - firearms to be registered

Section 61 - manufacture of firearms

Section 63A - trafficking in firearms

Section 74 - alteration of identification marks

Section 77 - silencers and machine-guns

Section 82 - discharge of firearms on roads

Section 83 - prohibited use of firearms

Section 84 - discharge of firearm causing danger

Section 85 - breach of conditions

Section 86 - persons under influence of alcohol or drugs

The following are disqualifying offences outlined in the Criminal Code Act 1983.

Section 69 - going armed in public

Section 132 - indecent dealing with a child under 16 years

Section 156 - murder

Section 160 - manslaughter

Section 165 - attempt to murder

Section 166 - threats to kill

Section 177 - acts intended to cause serious harm or prevent apprehension

Section 181 - serious harm

Section 182 - attempting to injure by explosive substances

Section 186 - harm

Section 188 (2) - common assault with specific circumstances of aggravation

Section 188 (1) - where a circumstance of aggravation as specified in 188 (2) exist

Section 188A - assaults on workers

Section 189A - assaults on police

Section 189 - unlawful stalking

Section 192 - sexual intercourse and gross indecency without consent

Section 192B - coerced sexual self-manipulation

Section 193 - assaults with intent to commit an offence

Section 194 - kidnapping for ransom

Section 195 - kidnapping

Section 196 - deprivation of liberty

Section 210 -  stealing (where a custodial sentence is imposed that is wholly or partially served)

Section 211 - robbery

Section 212 - assault with intent to steal

Section 227 - criminal deception

Section 228 - blackmail and extortion

Section 228C - dealing in identification information

Section 228D - possessing identification information

Section 228E - possessing equipment used to deal in identification information or identification documentation

Section 229 - receiving stolen property

Section 231 - taking reward for recovery of property obtained by means of indictable offence

Section 233 - false accounting

Section 260 - uttering forged documents or writings or counterfeit tokens

Last updated: 04 October 2018

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