Release date: Thu 21 June 2007
Last updated: Tue 2 December 2014
In Victoria, the Control of Weapons Act 1990 provides the framework for controlling the sale, possession, transportation and use of non-firearm weapons and body armour. The weapons industry is regulated by Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD).
GPO Box 2807
Phone: 1300 651 645
LRD's hours of operation over the holiday season are as follows:
Monday, 22 December Counter Closed. Telephone 8:30am - 4:30pm
LRD will resume normal business hours on Monday, 5 January, 2015.
Please note, during this period there will be a drop-box located outside the lifts on level 4 for those wishing to drop off their applications however, there will be no access to LRD offices.
About the Control of Weapons Act
The Act divides weapons into four basic categories:
The Act regulates these categories differently, based on the danger they pose when they are used or if they are used inappropriately.
The Act also provides for two ways in which individuals, groups of people or classes of weapon may be able to receive special dispensation from the Act in relation to prohibited weapons and body armour. Dispensation may be granted either through the:
A Customs Import Permit allows a person with a Chief Commissioner Approval to import weapons from overseas into Victoria.