Security officers and guards provide security and investigative services to organisations and individuals.

Where security officers and guards are employed

Security officers and guards are mainly employed in public administration and safety.


Full-time security officers and guards in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Security Officers and Guards

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,813 people employed full-time as security officers and guards in South Australia compared with 1,812 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a security officer you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in security operations or security and risk management. Applicants may be required to undergo a pre-training National Police Check and/or attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions you should contact your chosen institution for further information.  You can also become a security officer through a traineeship in Security Operations or Security and Risk Management. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10.

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Licensing and Registration requirements

To work in the security industry you need to hold a security agents licence. To apply for security agents licence visit Consumer and Business Services.

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