Security Officers patrol and guard industrial and commercial property, railway yards, stations and other facilities.

Specialisations: Mobile Patrol Officer, Railway Patrol Officer.

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in security operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Patrols areas and keeps watch for people acting suspiciously.
  • Watches for irregularities such as broken water-pipes and fire hazards and takes action to prevent fire, accidental loss or criminal activity.
  • May make arrests where authorised by law.
  • Conveys, or guards messengers conveying, valuables to and from banks or other establishments.
  • May sweep floors and supervise heating plants.

All Security Officers and Guards

  • $1,318 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Security Officers

  • 39,900 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Security Officers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 38,100 in 2011 to 39,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Security Officers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety73.9
Health Care and Social Assistance4.2
Accommodation and Food Services3.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.9
Other Industries15.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSecurity OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.931.6
VIC24.825.6
QLD20.120.0
SA6.87.0
WA12.310.8
TAS1.82.0
NT2.01.0
ACT3.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSecurity OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.0-5.05.0
20-249.3-9.39.3
25-3425.3-22.922.9
35-4421.6-22.022.0
45-5421.9-21.621.6
55-599.3-9.09.0
60-647.1-6.06.0
65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSecurity OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.8-21.121.1
Year 1223.8-18.118.1
Year 116.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below15.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in security operations might be helpful.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Security Officer.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • security licence
  • firearms licence
  • responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certificate
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Property Services and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    55% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    54% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Psychology

    45% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. English Language

    45% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Education and Training

    35% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    94% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  2. Contact With Others

    89% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    88% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Telephone

    87% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-9032.00 - Security Guards.

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