The security industry is growing. Demand for guards is high and each year more and more positions are available despite the slow economy.

A security guard or security officer is a privately employed person who is paid to protect people, property and assets.

A private security officer’s primary duty is the prevention and deterrence of crime. Preferably a security officers role is to deter crime in the first instance by being observant and highly visible, security officers are not required to make arrests, but have the authority to make a citizen’s arrest, they have the same rights as a normal citizen.

The first step to becoming a security officer is to get educated in the field and to make sure that you meet all of the requirements to get a security guard license.

The rules governing the security profession vary from state to state.

Any person who conducts a business or is employed in a security related field within Australia is required to be licensed. Each of the six states and two territories of Australia have separate legislation that covers all security activities.

The very first thing you should do is contact the agency in your state that regulates security training and licensing requirements.

In some states the application process is fairly simple, while in others, it can be a little more challenging.

One thing you should expect for certain though is that you will be required to pass a background check . This means having and keeping a clean criminal record for ten years, If you have a criminal conviction with in ten years you will not receive a security licence.

All persons licensed to perform security activities are required to undertake a nationally approved course in their State or Territory.

Any security officer must have a legitimate requirement and have the appropriate sub-class accreditation to their license to carry handcuffs, batons or firearms.

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