Disqualification and permission - second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers

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The rules around spent convictions have changed. For more information about how the Business Licensing Authority now treats that information, view the Spent convictions page.

Reasons for needing permission

In some circumstances, you must have permission from the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) to be eligible for registration as a second-hand dealer or endorsement as a pawnbroker.

You must apply for permission if you, any of your associates or a company you were a director of at the relevant time (individual registrations), or any company director or any associates of the company or company director (company registrations) has:

  • within the last five years in Australia or elsewhere, been found guilty or convicted of a disqualifying offence involving fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence punishable by 3 months or more in prison. It must not be a spent conviction within the meaning of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) or any equivalent law of a state or territory of Australia or of the Commonwealth. For more information, view the Spent convictions page
  • within the last five years, had a licence, registration or permission to carry on any regulated occupation, profession or business cancelled, or been disqualified from carrying on any occupation, profession or business
  • a licence, registration or permission to carry on any regulated occupation, profession or business that is currently suspended.

You must also apply for permission if any of your associates, or, for a company, a director or any associate of the director, is insolvent, under administration or an externally administered company.

When can permission be given?

The BLA can give permission if satisfied:

  • permission would not be against the public interest
  • special circumstances led to the suspension, cancellation or disqualification of a business or occupational licence that made you or your company ineligible
  • special circumstances led to a conviction or guilty finding for an offence that made you or your company ineligible, and the offence was not related to conduct while you were trading as, or a director of, a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker.

If the BLA gives permission, it can impose conditions to protect the public interest.

Apply for permission

If you have applied for registration/endorsement and paid your registration application fee, the BLA will conduct background checks and will write to you if you need to apply for permission.

If you are aware that you are disqualified

Apply for permission by completing and lodging a Permission application - second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers (Word, 938KB)

If you are unsure whether you are disqualified

We recommend you seek independent legal advice.

Attachments and supporting documents

Lodge these documents with your permission application:

Application fee

An application fee applies. For more information, view Fees and forms - second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers.