Fair Trading inspectors conduct random checks to ensure security providers are complying with the law.
Inspectors also conduct investigations and may take enforcement action for breaches identified under the Security Providers Act 1993.
Queensland Police Service officers can also issue on-the-spot infringement notices.
From 1 July 2012, OFT and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will be administering a six month Brisbane-based trial which will enable OLGR inspectors to monitor and report on certain aspects of the SPA. This trial will increase the regulatory presence and further protect Queensland consumers from harm caused by unsuitable security providers.
OLGR inspectors will identify offences while visiting licensed premises by completing a Spot Check Form and will have all of the powers of an inspector under the Act to inspect licenses and documents. Where evidence of breaches are found, OLGR will provide a report and available evidence to OFT who will consider relevant enforcement history and take appropriate action.
If an inspector approaches you, they will produce a signed photo ID.
An inspector can:
- enter any public place that is open
- enter an area with the owner´s permission
- enter any area if they have a warrant from the Magistrates Court
- search the premises
- seize possessions
- take copies of documents
- take other people or equipment into the area.
You must abide by all lawful requests an inspector makes. If requested, you must:
- give your name and address
- provide any information regarding your work
- produce and provide copies of documents required.
You can be fined up to $6 000 if you don't comply with an inspector's request.
A person must not obstruct an inspector while they are exercising their powers under the Act. A person who does so can face prosecution action.
Unlicensed or inappropriate activity
You can be heavily penalised for unlicensed or inappropriate activity.
You can also be penalised if you directly or indirectly hire an unlicensed or inappropriately licensed security provider.
Please report any inappropriate activity or unlicensed operators to us.
Last reviewed 01/06/2012