State Licences Required for Selling and Installing Security Screens

How do you know a professional is installing your security screens?

A security screen door or security window screen will only be secure if it is installed correctly. All installers of security screen doors or window grilles need to follow the specifications outlined under Australian Standards 5040: Installation of Security Screen Doors and Window Grilles.

In addition to Australian Standards, many states and territory’s stipulate licences that business &/or employees need to hold in order to sell and install security equipment, including security screens.

What security checks and licences are required to sell and install security screens?

StateBuilding Licensing BodySecurity Licensing Body
QLDQLD Building & Construction CommissionN/A
NSWN/A if only doing work under your licenceNSW Police
ACTN/AAccess Canberra
VICVictorian Building AuthorityN/A
WAN/AWA Police
SAConsumer and Business ServicesN/A


There are two licences required in NSW at different levels within the company.

Security Licence

NSW Security Licences are required for both the company and individuals who sell and install security screen doors or security window screens. Some convictions will automatically exclude applicants from gaining a Security Licence and from working in the security industry.  NSW Police are the industry regulators for security licences within New South Wales. The police regulate licensing under the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED).

Each company will need a Master (Business) Licence unique to their ABN (if they have multiple locations or are a franchise).

All Sales Representatives and Installers are required to have an Operative Licence. The class of licence will depend on the staff member selling only or selling and installing.


Access Canberra is responsible for industry licensing in the ACT under the Security Industry Act 2003.

Master Licences

A security master licence authorises the licencee to employ or provide people to carry on a security activity. This licence does not authorise the holder to also carry out security activities unless they themselves have an employee security licence.

Employee Licences

Employee licences are only valid whilst the applicant is employed by an ACT company holding a security master licence. A security employee licence authorises the licencee to:

  1. sell security equipment (2B)
  2. carry out surveys and inspections of security equipment (2C)
  3. give advice about security equipment (2D)
  4. install, maintain, monitor, repair or service security equipment (2E)

Additional training and temporary licences may apply.


There are three licences required in WA at different levels within the company.

Companies in WA will need a Security Agent licence to advertise and supply security screen installers.

Sales representatives consulting and advising on security door and window security screens will need a Non-Agent Licence – Security Consultant Licence, Class 3

All installers are required to have a Non-Agent Licence – Security Installer Licence, Class 3


In Queensland, all security screen installers are required to have a QBCC Carpentry Contractor licence.  To qualify and apply for this licence there are qualification & financial requirements along with a short managerial course to complete.


All security screen installers in SA are required to have a building licence (regulated by the Consumer and Business Services) to install security screens. You will need to meet licensing criteria and provide a copy of a national police check by the South Australian Police. While a security licence does not apply, a security check is required during the building licence application.

The information above is a summary only of the licensing requirements in each State and Territory. For detailed information, please visit the website of the relevant sate / territory regulator.

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