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Security Guard

A varied and in-demand career.

What's it like to be a Security Guard?

Security Guards provide protection for people, property and assets. They may have to patrol private and public premises and check for unlawful acts and entry. Security Guards may also provide crowd control at public events.

Security Guard

Tasks and duties

  • Maintaining safety and order at public venues or events where large crowd is expected.
  • Checking properties to deter criminal activity and ensure they are safe and secure.
  • Monitoring entry and exit of authorised vehicles and people into premises.
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A Security Guard may also be tasked to monitor visitors to a site. They record time of their arrival and departure, and issue them an appropriate pass once they are permitted to enter the premises.

What can I earn as a Security Guard?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Security Guard is between $45k and $55k
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How to become a Security Guard


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To become a Security Guard you have to complete the training requirements of the state you wish to work in. This training has to be acquired from a Registered Training Organization (RTO) and accredited by the state’s police. As licencing requirements vary from state to state, you’ll need to check these with the regulator in the state you plan to work.

  1. Complete a course such as the Certificate II in Security Operations (SPP20212). There are different courses depending on what type of work you want to do, but generally, you’ll learn about safety awareness, self-defence techniques, staff professionalism, your legal rights and obligations, and crowd control.
  2. Apply for a security licence. Some employees will require you to have further documentation and certification before commencing work. For example, you may be asked to have a Working With Children Check.
  3. Upskill for more employment opportunities, such a security risk management or bodyguard roles. The more qualifications and licenses you possess, the more employable you will be.

Explore related qualifications

SEEK users who have worked as a Security Guard have studied these qualifications.

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Certificate II in Security Operations

This certificate provides you with skills and knowledge in crowd control and security guarding.
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Certificate III in Security Operations

This certificate provides you with the skills and knowledge to provide security services in a wide range of contexts.
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How do Security Guards rate their role?

Latest reviews from 22 Security Guards surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
3.5
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
3.4
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
3.5

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Jun 2018
Security would lead a positive lifestyle with a great income coming towards you
Reviewer's Qualification
Security certificate 2
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Security officer in Retail shopping centre
The good things
To deliver excellence is a goal carried by many but with few willing to apply themselves. With the ambition to succeed I strive to deliver a combination of skills I have acquired in my time as a secur...
The challenges
Retail Security: challenges will have to deal with would be mostly fire alarms, minor thefts and major ones, sprinkler bust (fire alarm),helping customers with directions or looking for a particular s...
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Jan 2020
Security jobs?..
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma glass design and production
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mobile and static security
The good things
Great to know all of the checks are done properly but if sites are unsecured I know how to fix it including unsetting and resetting alarm panels also meeting clients is good and helpful in delivering ...
The challenges
Static duties can seem monotonous but mobile patrols vary a fair bit there's no time to get bored just get on with the job and it'll be cool
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What are the job opportunities for Security Guards?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
15.6%
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