Surrender or cancellation of registration or endorsement – second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers

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Registration as a second-hand dealer and endorsement as a pawnbroker continues until you surrender it, or it is cancelled.

Surrendering your registration or endorsement

To surrender your registration or endorsement, you must give written notice to the Business Licensing Authority (BLA).

You must return your registration certificate to the BLA within seven days of giving this notice.

Cancellation of your registration or endorsement

An individual registration is automatically cancelled if that person:

  • becomes a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986
  • becomes insolvent under administration, or
  • fails to comply with a notice from the BLA requiring the person to lodge an overdue annual statement and pay the annual fee (plus any late fee) by the required date.

Unless you get the BLA's permission to continue to operate as a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker, individual registration or endorsement is automatically cancelled 30 days after:

  • you or your associate is convicted or found guilty of an offence in Australia or elsewhere involving fraud, dishonesty, violence or drug trafficking, punishable by a sentence of at least three months in prison - even if the person is not imprisoned
  • you or your associate has any licence, registration or permission to carry on a regulated occupation or business (in Australia) suspended or cancelled, or is otherwise disqualified from carrying on the occupation or business
  • you have an associate who becomes insolvent under administration or externally administered, or
  • you receive written notice from the BLA that your associate is ineligible for registration under the Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989.

For more information about who is an associate, view our Associates page.

A company registration is automatically cancelled if:

  • a director becomes a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986
  • the company becomes externally administered, or
  • it fails to comply with a notice from the BLA requiring the company to lodge an overdue annual statement and pay the annual fee (plus any late fee) by the required date.

Unless the BLA gives permission, a company registration or endorsement is automatically cancelled 30 days after:

  • a director or director’s associate is convicted or found guilty in Australia or elsewhere of an offence involving fraud, dishonesty, violence or drug trafficking punishable on conviction by three months or more in prison
  • a director or director’s associate has any licence, registration or permission to carry on a regulated occupation or business (in Australia) suspended or cancelled, or is otherwise disqualified from carrying on the occupation or business
  • a director becomes insolvent under administration
  • a director’s associate becomes insolvent under administration or externally administered, or
  • the BLA sends written notice that a company director or a director’s associate is ineligible for registration under the Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989.

If you apply for permission within 30 days, registration is not automatically cancelled. It will only be cancelled if your application is withdrawn or refused.

For more information and forms to apply for permission, view our Disqualification and permission page.

Return of registration certificate

Your certificate of registration must be returned to the BLA within seven days of:

  • you becoming aware of the cancellation of your registration/endorsement, or
  • when you stop carrying on business as a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker.

Failure to comply carries a maximum fine of 25 penalty units.

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