Any person (including a company) who carries on business or is employed as a security and/or investigation agent must be licenced under the Security and Investigation Agents Act 1995. If a business operates as a partnership then each partner must hold their own licence. Importantly, if you are trading as a security agent or investigation agent without holding a licence and you are convicted by the courts you may be liable for a penalty of up to $20,000. If you intend to work as an employee you are entitled to hold a licence if you:
- hold the approved qualifications;
- are not suspended or disqualified from practising or carrying on an occupation, trade or business;
- have not been convicted of any prescribed offences listed in the Regulations; and
- are a fit and proper person.
Furthermore, security and investigation agents can be disciplined under the Security and Investigation Agents Act 1995. Disciplinary action usually conducted in the Administrative and Disciplinary Division of the District Court of South Australia. Any person, including the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, may lodge a complaint to the court alleging grounds for disciplinary action to be commenced. Carter & Co Lawyers can assist you in applying for a security, crowd controller and\or investigation agent licence or provide you with representation during any disciplinary matters. To discuss further, please contact (08) 8440 2478.
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