Does A Locksmith Need To Be Licensed In Queensland?

Does A Locksmith Need To Be Licensed In Queensland?
March 10, 2019 Rechenberg
does a locksmith need to be licensed in queensland

Locksmiths are required to have a licence to perform common or basic services in Queensland, Australia. There are few exemptions to this rule, which generally only apply to the installation of basic security items to a newly constructed building or where an existing structure is being repaired or renovated. An exemption is also provided for retail key cutting services.

An application must be made through the Queensland Government to become a licensed security equipment installer. In order to be eligible for a licence, a person must fulfil the following requirements:

– Must be over the age of 18 years unless an employer letter confirms that application is being made as a trainee or apprentice security device installer.
– A person may in no way pose any risk to public safety.
– They must not have been convicted of a disqualifying offence or plead guilty to an unrecorded disqualifying offence.


Criminal History Check

A criminal history check will be performed upon application in order for a licence to practice as a locksmith to be granted. No specific qualifications or training are required in order to apply for a security equipment installer licence.

The licence covers the installation, maintenance, repair as well as replacement of the following security devices or items:

– Basic or mechanical locks.
– Biometric, electronic or electromagnetic locks or access control devices.
– Alarm systems.
– Monitoring and surveillance systems.
– Audio and visual monitoring and recording systems.
– Vaults and/or safes.
– Security gates, mesh doors, window grilles or any barrier that is designed to act as a security measure.
– Any other device that is designed to have a security application such as motion sensors, contact detectors, etc.


Person Of Good Character

This licence is designed to assess the character of the locksmith or a security device installer rather than just their skill level or ability to provide a specific service. However, this is of critical importance in order to ensure that the installer does not have a criminal history and has undergone the necessary checks to ascertain their reputability.

It is therefore in your best interests to check whether a person working as a locksmith has received a licence from the Queensland Government and is therefore legally permitted to install, maintain, repair or replace security items and devices.

It is important to note that a security equipment installer licence does not permit the holder to dispense advice or recommendations regarding security features or measures. This requires a separate licence which is called a security adviser licence and is also obtainable from the Queensland Government.


Minimum Age Requirement

The same eligibility criteria apply as with the security equipment installer licence except that an under 18-year-old trainee or make an application. Once again, the licence is more to assess the character of the person providing the service rather than their ability to dispense security advice or recommendations as no specific training or qualifications are required in order to become a licensed security adviser.

Again, it is up to you to check whether your locksmith is licensed to provide advice regarding security measures, features, devices, equipment or placement of these items.

If you need an experienced local locksmith that services the entire Bundaberg region, then look no further than Rechenberg, Bundaberg’s #1 Locksmith Choice. We work with commercial, residential and automotive locks, and are happy to perform everything from lock fitting to emergency callout services.


About Us

At Rechenberg, we understand that keeping your family safe is the most important thing in the world. And that keeping your assets protected can save a whole lot of unnecessary hassle and inconvenience.

Since 1971 we have been providing reliable and affordable Locksmithing Services for the residents all over Bundaberg. For more information about our services please call (07) 4150 1234 or send us a message on our website


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