Victoria operates with a "negative licensing" scheme for commercial agents in that state. A licence to be a debt collector is not needed, unless you fall in the category of prohibited persons or corporations, in which case you will need the permission from the Business Licensing Authority to engage in debt collection.
Prohibited persons or corporations
Individuals are prohibited from engaging in debt collection if they:
Corporations are prohibited from engaging in debt collection if they:
Prohibited persons or corporations must apply to the Business Licensing Authority for permission to:
The permission process is not available to anyone under 18 or a represented person within the meaning of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986.
The relevant licensing legislation is the Victorian Private Security Act 2004 - the industry regulator is the Chief Commissioner of Police (represented by the Licensing Services Division).
Under the Act an Investigator is defined as:
A person who on behalf of another person is employed or retained to obtain and furnish information as to the personal character or actions of any person or as to the character or nature of the business or occupation of any person or alternatively be employed to search for missing persons.
Any person operating as an investigator in Victoria must have a current Private Security Individual Operator licence. Any business providing the services of others who perform such an activity must have a current Private Security Business licence.
For further information contact the Licensing & Regulation Division - Victoria Police on the details below:
Licensing & Regulation Division
Level 4, Tower 3, Victoria Police Centre
637 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008
GPO Box 2807, Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Phone: 1300 651 645
Fax: (03) 9247 6485
Process Servers do not require a licence in Victoria.
Repossession Agents do not require a licence in Victoria.
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