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Private investigator and security guard licences

Private investigators, security guards and crowd controllers must hold a licence. This is required under the Security and Investigation Act 1995.

Crowd controllers working in licensed premises also need approval. This is required under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.

How to apply for a licence

The Office of Consumer and Business Services issues licences and approvals for:

  • security guards and private investigators
  • crowd controllers.

Apply for security and private investigator licence on the Consumer and Business Affairs website.

Apply for crowd controller approval on the Consumer and Business Affairs website.

Processing your application

Finger printing and integrity checking is undertaken by the South Australia Police Licensing Enforcement Branch for Consumer and Business Services.


Consumer and Business Services
Phone 131 882

Licensing Enforcement Branch
Phone 7322 3342