A private investigator:
- obtains private information about a person without that person´s permission
- carries out surveillance to gather information about a person without that person´s consent
- investigates the disappearance of a missing person.
You are not a private investigator if you operate for or are employed by:
- legal practitioners
- insurance businesses
- insurance adjustment agencies
- independent investigators engaged to investigate and report on grievances lodged by Queensland public service employees.
To apply, you must:
- meet the eligibility criteria
- complete the training requirements and attach proof of qualifications
- complete the Security Providers Form 1-1 - Application for a security provider class 1 individual licence (PDF, 510 KB)
- provide originals or certified copies of your birth certificate, birth extract, passport, Australian citizenship certificate or drivers licence
- pay the appropriate licence fee (fees are listed on the application form)
- pay the criminal history check fee
- pay the fingerprinting fee
- lodge the application (lodgement details are listed on the application form).
All security providers must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service. After you´ve lodged your application, you will receive a letter from us that details the process for having your fingerprints taken.
To be eligible for a licence, you must:
- be 18 years or older
- have no recorded conviction of a disqualifying offence within the previous 10 years
- have no unrecorded finding of guilt of a disqualifying offence in the previous five years
- not be considered a risk to public safety
- have successfully completed the training.
To qualify for an unrestricted private investigator licence, you must successfully complete the following units of competency from the National Asset Security Training Package.
- PRSIS302A or CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
- PRSIS303A or CPPSEC3029A Provide quality investigative services to clients
- PRSIS304A or CPPSEC3030A Conduct surveillance
- PRSIS305A or CPPSEC3031A Organise and operate a surveillance vehicle
- PRSIS306A or CPPSEC3032A Gather information by factual investigation
- PRSIS307A or CPPSEC3033A Conduct interviews and take statements
- PRSIS308A or CPPSEC3034A Operate information gathering equipment
- PRSSO311A or CPPSEC3009A Prepare and present evidence in court
- PRSSO315A or CPPSEC3012A Store and protect information
- PRSIS309A Perform administrative functions (For PRS30303 only)
- FNSMERC304A or FNSMERC304B Locate subjects (For CPP30607 only)
- PRSIS310A Use and maintain operational equipment or CPPSEC3034A Operate information gathering equipment
- PRSIS301A Determine method of investigation or CPPSEC3027A Develop investigative plan
- PRSSO306A Manage effective workplace relationships or BSBFLM303B Contribute to effective workplace relationships or BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships
- PRSSO307A Manage own performance and development or BSBCMN302A Organise personal work priorities and development or BSBWOR301A Organise personal work priorities and development
- PRSSO302A Maintain a safe workplace and environment or CPPSEC3001A Maintain workplace safety in the security industry
- PRSIS311A Work effectively in the investigative services industry or CPPSEC3026A Work effectively in investigative services
The CPP07 Property Services Training Package has replaced the former PRS03 Asset Security Training Package.
From 31 December 2010, if you commence the Certificate II or Certificate III in Security Operations, you must be trained and assessed in accordance with the CPP07 Training Package.
We will not recognise, for security licensing purposes, a training qualification from the PRS03 Training Package issued after 31 December 2010.
You can get information on training providers who offer this course in Queensland, by visiting www.training.gov.au.
Further training and career information can be found on the Education and training portal.
You can select a registered training organisation from the list at www.training.gov.au.
You can apply for a restricted licence. This licence allows you to complete your training requirements while working under the direct supervision of a fully licensed security provider.
A restricted licence is issued for a term of six months only. After the term ends, you cannot apply for an extension. You must complete the training requirements and apply for an unrestricted licence within six months.
A private investigator supervisor must:
- give the restricted licensee detailed written instructions about the work they need to do
- document the tasks that the licensee performs
- document and give the restricted licensee regular progress checks.
Applicants must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability.
The criminal history check costs $38.40 (which includes $1.13 GST) for each person who appears on the application form. The fee applies to all applications and renewal notices.
Processing time is 4-6 weeks. However, it can take longer if we need to contact you for missing information or fees.
The processing time may be up to six weeks because the criminal history check process, handled by the Queensland Police Service, is thorough and time consuming.
Send certified documents
Take the original document and a copy to a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, solicitor, barrister or a Notary Public. They will stamp and/or sign the copy and write ´This is a true copy of the original document´.
The Department of Justice and Attorney-General has a list of JPs in your area. Otherwise, contact your local post office, courthouse, bank, shopping centre manager or pharmacy who may be able to advise on the location of local JPs.
Please note that a photocopy is not a certified document.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if you withdraw your application or it is refused. We will also refund any unused criminal history check fees or fingerprinting fees.
Last reviewed 25/02/2013