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Security Officer

Provide security services to individuals and organisations.

What's it like to be a Security Officer?

Security Officers provide security services to individuals and organisations. They can also be tasked with providing investigative services when required.

Security Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Issuing security passes and monitoring for intrusions from unauthorised visitors.
  • Patrolling buildings and neighbourhoods, and checking doors, hallways, gates and windows for signs of unauthorised entry.
  • Maintaining communication over two-way radio with supervisors, police and other members of the security team.
  • Controlling crowds and maintaining order.
  • Advising on security specifications, technology installation and process improvements.
  • Guarding valuables, such as paintings, cash and artefacts.
  • Protecting people of importance who require personal security.

What can I earn as a Security Officer?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Security Officer is between $50k and $60k
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How to become a Security Officer


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To work as a Security Officer you may be required to complete the training requirements of the state you wish to work in. This training must 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. Alternatively, complete a Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (CPP40707).
  3. You may need a firearms licence, driver's licence, national police check and a first aid certificate, depending on your employer
  4. Apply for a security licence through the police department in your state or territory.

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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 Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 25 Security Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
Aviation protection officer is not for everyone and can be quite challenging but I have made the best career choice by far!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Security Operations
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aviation protection officer
The good things
Being an Aviation Protection Officer puts you at the last line of defense against terrorism organizations that are trying to constantly find new ways to disrupt airline traffic flow. You have to be ...
The challenges
It's a constant challenge. The public can be quite difficult to work with at times but also very appreciative too. Your roles are constantly changing, and due to government regulations constantly chan...
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Aug 2019
Being a Security Officer can be tough job, but if you approach it in a positive manner, you WILL find it rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Legal Studies
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aviation Protection
The good things
If you love interacting with people and helping them have a positive experience in the area you're securing (whether that is a bank, a courthouse, an event such as a music festival, or an airport just...
The challenges
Being on your feet for extended periods and not being able to take a break (for the bathroom or to rehydrate) when you need to, can be a downside of the job. But mostly, employers/supervisors are doin...
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Working hours for Security Officers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Security Officers?

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Security Officer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
15.6%
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