News & Security Advice

Western Australia

WA Police Update – Certificate II in Security Operations (Security Officer & Crowd Controller) Training

On 21 January 2019, the training course for Security Officers and Crowd Controllers was updated. The new course CPP20218 supersedes and is not equivalent to the previous course CPP20212.

Both certificates (CPP20218 and CPP20212) can continue to be taught until 21 January 2020 and Licensing Services will accept either certificate (upon successful completion of the SAIWA competency test) until 31 July 2020.

From 1 August 2020, only CPP20218 certificates will be accepted for new licence applications.

Please call Licensing Services on 1300 171 011 if you require further information.


WA – Crowd Controllers require RSA training from 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018 crowd controllers employed on licensed premises will need to successfully complete responsible service of alcohol training.

Changes to the Liquor Control Regulations 1989

WA Security Officer and Crowd Controller Licence Applicant Examination

Due to amendments to the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997, all applicants for Security Officer and/or Crowd Controller licences, must have successfully completed a written examination based on the content of their training course before submitting their application.

This requirement does not apply to applicants whose licence/s expired within the last 12 months and provide their old training certificates plus a letter from their employer to confirm they have worked in the capacity of a Security Officer and/or Crowd Controller within the past year. It also does not apply to applicants for Security Officer – Control Room/Monitoring Centre only. Read More

WA Security Licensing – New Training Requirement for Class 2 Installer/Consultant

As of 1 January 2017 all new applicants for Class 2 (Alarms and CCTV) Security Installer and Security Consultant licences MUST complete an approved course in Technical Security prior to submitting their licence application. The current pre-licence test will be abolished on 31 December 2016.

New Western Australian CCTV Strategy

The State CCTV Strategy, launched in November 2015 by Minister for Police, the Hon Liza Harvey MLA, aims to deliver more effective use of CCTV in WA to enhance community safety and security. Read More

New State CCTV Strategy for WA – Public Feedback Sought

Western Australian State CCTV Strategy

A new draft CCTV strategy has been released by Police Minister the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA which will maximise benefits to the community from CCTV systems.

The WA State Government made a commitment in 2013 to develop an integrated State CCTV network and establish a Crime Prevention Infrastructure Fund.

The Western Australian State CCTV Strategy has been released for public comment to ensure the initiatives contained in the document completely reflect community need.

“CCTV is now widespread in our communities as a crime prevention and detection mechanism used by the public, businesses and government, yet there’s considerable scope for it to be more effective for all, without impinging upon privacy,” Mrs Harvey said.

The four elements of the strategy are:

  • Refreshing the existing State CCTV Register (currently called Blue Iris) to provide better functionality and operability for those CCTV owners who want to provide information voluntarily about CCTV cameras facing public areas.
  • Vastly improved information for CCTV system owners, both public and private, to ensure systems are the best possible and fit-for-purpose.
  • Providing the infrastructure for a smaller sub-set of CCTV owners with large numbers of public-facing cameras to connect those cameras to police and others, if agreed by the camera owners.
  • Testing a mobile phone video sharing solution, so contributing to a safer and more secure WA is not just limited to CCTV owners.

A number of laws already govern how CCTV may be used in WA and the privacy of the community had been a strong consideration in developing the strategy.

Read the draft Western Australian State CCTV Strategy. Comments from the public are invited and can be emailed to
CCTV Feedback by COB Friday 26 June.


Security Officer Baton Change

On the 14th of December 2012 the Police  Commissioner changed  the maximum allowable baton specifications for a security officer with a baton endorsement under section 26 of the Security and Related Activities Control) Act 1996.

New Baton length 65cms and weight 570 grams




First Aid Certificate Deadline – WA Security Officers

A current first aid certificate is needed to be held by all security officers to perform any licensed activity from the 14th of December 2011. WA Police advise it will be an offence not to hold a current first aid certificate and penalties apply, including possible revocation of of your security licence.

For more information visit the WA Police website

The organistations below conduct regular senior first aid courses at a reasonable cost.

St Johns Ambulance

Australian Red Cross

Western Australian Security Industry Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is formulated under the provisions of Section 94 of the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 and complies with Regulation 54A of the Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997.

The Code outlines the responsibilities for ALL licensees carrying out tasks relating to the provision of supplying, consultation, installation and management of security services in Western Australia. 

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Security Legislation Amendments

New amendments to the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996 (WA) came into affect on 14 December 2009. These amendments provide stricter qualifiaction criteria for holding a security licence.