Starting a security business

Businesses in the security industry provide private security, protection or enquiry services. Police forces and government security agencies are not included in this industry.

Security services provided by businesses in this industry include:

  • guards and patrols
  • monitored security systems
  • casual and permanent security staff
  • crowd controllers
  • ATM cash collection and cash transport
  • some aspects of secure document and computer data storage.

Starting or buying a security business involves many essential steps. Legally, you must ensure that you apply for and receive the correct licences.

This guide explains how to start a security business in Queensland. It will help you understand the importance of market research before you enter the security industry. You can also use our tools, quizzes and services to assess your business idea.

Last reviewed
April 15, 2015