Building and trade

Offences and convictions

You may not be able to get a business or trade licence if you have committed a category A or B offence or the equivalent outside of South Australia.

Category A offences are serious offences – indictable – or against the following Acts:

  • Controlled Substances Act 1984 – for a controlled precursor or plant but not for possession
  • Police Act 1998
  • Criminal Code (part 5.3), Schedule to the Criminal Code Act 1995
  • Surveillance Devices Act 2016 or previous legislation or Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 – does not include crowd controllers.

Category B offences usually relate to dishonesty, assault and violence or against one of the following Acts:

  • Security and Investigation Industry Act 1995 or Regulations, including previous legislation
  • Firearms Act 1977, other than a section 15C, 18, 21A, 21AB or 26
  • Controlled Substances Act 1984 – possession of a controlled drug, controlled precursor or controlled plant
  • Part 3A of the Summary Offences Act 1953
  • Firearms Act 2015

Use this table to work out if an offence could stop you from getting a licence.

Type of offence

Outcome

Penalty

Category
A or B

Conviction

Detention or imprisonment of more than 30 months

Category A

Conviction within the last ten years

or

Guilty - without conviction - within the last five years

Any

Category B

Conviction within the last ten years

or

Guilty - without conviction - within the last five years

Any of the following:

  • a fine of $500 or more
  • an order or a condition of a   bond that the defendant be supervised by a community corrections officer
  • a bond under which the defendant   or guarantor is to pay $500 or more if a bond condition is broken
  • a sentence or condition of a bond requiring 25 hours or more of community service
  • detention or imprisonment - only if convicted.

Related information

On this site

Apply for security and investigation agents' licence

Other websites

Occupational licensing forms – CBS

Contact CBS Occupational Licensing

Email

Phone

131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 18 August 2017

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Attorney-General's Department
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Last Updated:
18/08/17
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