Why security providers must be fingerprinted
As of 1 July 2011, the Security Providers Act 1993 has been amended to require all security providers to be fingerprinted.
This new requirement brings Queensland into line with other Australian states and territories, which already require security providers to be fingerprinted. It is part of a nationally consistent approach to security industry regulation and will provide an extra layer of protection for consumers, the public and security firms.
Given the vital work performed by security providers in enhancing public safety and protecting critical infrastructure, it is important your suitability is rigorously checked.
The amended legislation provides for better identification of applicants for security provider licences, and more thorough ongoing probity checks, helping to prevent criminal elements from entering or remaining in the security industry. Using fingerprints on top of the current 100 point identity check will also help to overcome the perpetration of identity fraud.
It is important to note, while you remain licensed you will only need to be fingerprinted once, even if you apply for an additional security licence.
All new applicants for a security provider's licence must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service. After you've lodged your application, you will receive a letter from us that details the process for having your fingerprints taken.
If you are a current licensee, you will need to provide your fingerprints when you next renew your licence, from 3 October 2011 onwards. If your renewal application is lodged on or after 3 October 2011, you will be required to pay the fingerprinting fee and have your fingerprints taken before your licence will be issued. After you've lodged your renewal application, you will receive a letter from us that details the process for having your fingerprints taken.
The fee is $100 and is payable at the time the application is lodged.
Fingerprinted for other purposes
You will still be required to have your fingerprints taken for your security licence, even if you have had your fingerprints taken for another purpose (for example, a gaming licence).
This is to confirm your identity and so we can match your fingerprints with the 100 points of identity that you supplied during your licence application.
Refusal to be fingerprinted
If you refuse to have your fingerprints taken, your application or renewal will not be considered.
This will mean you can not work in the security industry.
Security firm licence holders and executive officers
If your name is included on the application form, you are required to have your fingerprints taken. This includes executive officers of a corporation (all directors and secretaries), any person who can substantially influence the conduct of the corporation's affairs (e.g. a person on whose directions or instructions the corporation's directors usually act) and all partners.
Storage and destruction of fingerprints
Your fingerprints will be taken by the Queensland Police Service, and stored on the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System which is accessed by police services to solve crimes.
Your fingerprints will only be kept for the period of time for which you are a licensed security provider. If your licence expires, is cancelled, refused, surrendered or withdrawn, your fingerprints will be destroyed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. If, at a later date, you re-apply for a licence, you will need to be fingerprinted and pay the fee again.