A male security guard stands watch outside a building site

Security Officer

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

Overview

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

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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To become a Security Officer

  • You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in security operations may be useful.

    Find a Certificate in Security Operations

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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