The private security industry in Victoria is regulated by the Victoria police licensing services division. Several categories of licensing exist for private business operators and employees.
A security guard is defined by the private security act 2004 as a person who is employed or retained to protect, watch or guard any property by any means including patrolling the property in person or by monitoring the property by operating a security system that utilises:
- Closed circuit television
- Closed monitoring system
- Radio or other
- Similar alarm device
To work as a security guard, a person must hold a security licence issued by the licensing services division.
Steps to obtaining a security licence according to PSG 's guide is that all new licence applicants must:
- Successfully complete the approved training requirements delivered by a Victoria police accredited training organisation
- Undergo a criminal history check and
- Supply two character references
The following units of competency are the minimum entry-level requirement for licensing as a security guard:
- PRSSO201A-Communicate effectively in the security industry
- PRSSO202A-Maintain workplace safety
- PRSSO203A-Work effectively in the security industry
- PRSSO204A-Work as part of a team
- PRSSO205A-Provide security service to customers
- PRSSO206A-Provide first aid and
- PRSSO207A-Respond to security risk situation
The units have been selected by the police from the asset security training package PRS03. Each unit is nationally recognised and can only be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
In addition, all Registered Training Organisations delivering training for licensing purposes must be accredited by Victoria police.