Security guards are generally employed to protect property and people by deterring illegal or inappropriate behaviour and keeping a look out for any potentially unsafe or illegal behaviour before it occurs. They are commonly employed by banks, airports, shopping centres, pubs, night clubs, music festivals and many other venues. They can be employed to investigate or conduct surveillance. They are sometimes known as bouncers or crowd controllers.
Security Guards must be Licensed by WA Police to carry out their work.
Security guards usually wear a distinctive uniform, making them easily recognisable.
Security guards may look similar to police officers, but they do not have the same powers as the Police. They have the following powers:
If you believe a security guard has used excessive force against you, this could constitute an unlawful assault. You can report the matter to the Police.
If you think you were unlawfully refused entry to a premise because of your age, race, or sex, you can make a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission. However, such allegations can be difficult to prove.
If you think you are being victimised by a security guard, you can complain to the owner or manager of the property or the security firm where he or she is employed.
Please note: Laws are subject to change. Last updated July 2020.
Important: The information provided in this infosheet is for information only.
It should not be relied on as legal advice.
Please seek legal advice about your particular circumstances.