Q. I have a criminal record, will I still be eligible for a Security Licence?

A. You are not eligible to be granted a NSW security licence if you have:

  • within the previous 10 years, been convicted in NSW or elsewhere of an offence prescribed by the regulations;
  • within the previous 5 years, been found guilty (but with no conviction recorded) by a court in NSW or elsewhere of an offence prescribed by the regulations;
  • within the previous 5 years, had imposed against you by a court or tribunal in NSW or elsewhere, a civil penalty prescribed by the regulations;
  • within the previous 10 years, been removed or dismissed from the NSW Police Force or any other jurisdiction (whether in Australia or overseas) on the grounds of your integrity as a police officer; or
  • been involved in corrupt conduct

PRESCRIBED OFFENCES

Offences that are relevant to the criminal and other related history suitability criteria are those:

  • relating to firearms or weapons, where the offence would disqualify the person from holding a firearms licence
  • relating to prohibited drugs, prohibited plants or restricted substances where the maximum penalty imposed is any term of imprisonment and/or a fine of $500 or more
  • involving assault, where the penalty imposed is imprisonment and/or a fine of $200 or more
  • involving assault, where guilt has been found but no conviction recorded and the Commissioner is of the opinion that it is a serious assault offence
  • involving fraud, dishonesty or stealing where the maximum penalty is imprisonment of three months or more
  • relating to robbery
  • relating to riot
  • relating to affray
  • involving stalking or intimidation
  • relating to reckless conduct causing death at a workplace
  • relating to terrorism
  • involving organised criminal groups and recruitment
  • relating to industrial relations matters where a total of at least five offences have been committed by the applicant during any period of two years (in the case of an application for a master licence only)

The information provided is for general guidance only for more information please contact Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate, Telephone: 1300 362 001 Email: sled@police.nsw.gov.au

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