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Last updated: Wed 13 January 2016

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BPAY now accepted for firearm licences and renewals
4 December 2015

Approved applications for new firearm licences and firearm renewals can now be paid anywhere, any time.

From late November 2015 the Licensing and Regulation Division began issuing payment notices for firearm licences that can be paid using BPAY.

When choosing to pay for firearm licences and renewals using BPAY, licence holders will no longer be required to attend a bank branch to pay for their licence by cash or cheque.

Firearm licence holders who prefer to pay for their licences in person at a bank will still be able to do so.

This new service has been introduced with the intention of reducing the administrative burden on firearm licence holders and will benefit more than 55,000 firearm licence holders each year.

At this stage only new firearm licences and renewals can be paid by BPAY. Permits to acquire a firearm, private security licences and private security registrations will still need to be paid in person at a Westpac branch.

Payment notices that do not carry the BPAY logo will also still need to be paid in person.

More information can be found on our FAQ page. If you have any questions relating to the payment of your firearm licence using BPAY please contact LRD via email or phone. 

Amendments to the Firearms Act 1996
27 November 2015

As of the 1 December 2015, the Firearms Amendment (Trafficking and Other Measures) Act 2015 will come into effect.

The amendment act will make a number of changes to the Firearms Act 1996.

Licenced firearm dealers and licenced firearm holders should be aware of the following changes: 

  • A person will now be considered to be in possession of a firearm if it is found on land or in premises they are occupying, controlling, managing or caretaking, or, if it is found in a vehicle they are in charge of;
  • The number unregistered firearms considered a traffickable quantity has been reduced from ten to three;
  • The acquisition or disposal of three or more unregistered firearms in a 12 month period will be considered firearm trafficking
  • Anyone without an appropriate dealer's licence must not manufacture any firearm or paintball marker.

The above changes relate to sections 7C, 59A, 101A and 145 of the Firearms Act 1996.

Scheduled system maintenance to Online Dealers System
08 October 2015

The Licensing and Regulation Division will be completing scheduled maintenance to the Online Dealers System (LARS) between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Thursday 8 October 2015.

During this period, licenced firearms dealers will be unable to access the system.

It is anticipated that the affected systems will be available from 9:00pm Thursday 8 October 2015

Firearm and Private Security - Delay in issuing plastic licences
05 August 2015

Licensing & Regulation Division is aware that there has been a delay with the issuing of firearm and private security plastic licences. This has affected licence holders who had their photo taken between 15/07/2015 to 30/07/2015. The circumstances that have caused this delay have now been resolved. All applicants and licence holders that had their photo taken between the above dates should receive their new plastic licence prior to the 14/08/2015.

Licensing & Regulation Division Front Counter Services
01 June 2015

Licensing & Regulation Division will be relocating our services to Tower 1, as of 8 June 2015 to 637 Flinders Street Docklands 3008 (entry via Flinders Street).

In order to provide a more personalised approach attendance at the counter will be by appointment only.

Please click here for more information

Release of new quick guide: The Role of Health Professionals in the Firearm Licensing Process
11 December 2014

An information guide developed to assist health professionals in understanding their role in the firearm licensing process has been released for publication.

The Guide provides the following:

  • An understanding of the type of medical information Victoria Police requires in the instance health professionals are prompted to provide a medical report in support of an application for a firearm licence; 
  • A medical report template for health professionals to use when completing a report;
  • Informs health professionals on how and when to voluntarily report a patient to Victoria Police whom they deem unsuitable to hold a firearm licence;
  • Advice regarding how Victoria Police uses the information provided by health professionals and what action is taken once a report is received; and
  • The process of reporting along with the protections in place for health professionals.

The Guide can be found under the title 'Brochures and Quick Guides' on the 'Forms and Reference Information' page.

Organiser and Dealer Display Permit - Golden Square Show 22/08/2014-24/08/2014
22 August 2014

Please be advised that all Licensed Firearms Dealer who have made an application and have been approved for a Dealer Display Permit to display at this weekend (22/08/2014-24/08/2014) show in Golden Square (Bendigo) will be covered for the relocation of the show venue to 1-3 Waterson Court, Golden Square.

Trade of Prohibited Weapons Including Imitation Firearms
8 July 2014

Licensed Firearms Dealers are reminded that having a dealers licence does not authorise the trade of prohibited weapons (including imitation firearms) regulated under the Control of Weapons Act 1990. A Chief Commissioner's prohibited weapons approval for a business must be obtained should you wish to trade in imitation firearms or any other prohibited weapons. The application form must be submitted together with the fee of $152.30 and is issued for 3 years. Further information about the application process and forms can be found HERE.

Approved Handgun Target Shooting Matches  
24 April 2014

The Licensing & Regulation Division wishes to advise the handgun target shooting community that Police & Service Pistol (above .38inch) and Classic Division have been approved as approved handgun shooting matches pursuant to s.179A(1) of the Firearms Act 1996 (the Act).

Notification of the approval of these matches was published in the Government Gazette on 24th April 2014. As a result of the approval, the following events now appear on the list of approved handgun shooting matches and have been allocated the following numbers:

" Classic Division .38inch or less - Approved match No.9
" Classic Division .38inch - .45inch - Approved match No.62
" Police and Service Pistol .38inch - .45inch - Approved match No.61

In addition to the approved handgun shooting matches, Modern Division for IPSC has been removed as an approved handgun shooting match.

The full list of approved matches is available for download HERE.

Recategorisation of three firearms in Victoria
21 March 2014

Licensing & Regulation Division would like to advise that three firearms have been reviewed and subsequently recategorised under the provisions set out in s.3B of the Firearms Act 1996.

The three firearms which have been recategorised are as follows:

" Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
" Molot Vepr 12
" Saiga 12

To view the Victorian Government Gazette article and images of these firearms please click here.

Victoria Police announces a final extension to the current amnesty relating to 'laser tag' devices that resemble operative firearms. The amnesty applies until 30 June 2014
3 March 2014

Amendments made to the Firearms Act 1996 and Control of Weapons Act 1990, which came into effect 1 July 2011, captured these items as prohibited weapons.

More information about the laser tag amnesty can be found here


Electronic Lodgement Process Project Update
20 December 2013

We are excited to announce that the Electronic Lodgement Process (ELP) Project has progressed rapidly this year and promises to revolutionise the way you do business with the Licensing & Regulation Division.

For those who are reading about ELP for the first time, the project is a Victoria Police initiative that is funded from the 'Reducing Regulatory Burden' allocation.

The ELP solution concept has been developed in broad consultation within Licensing and Regulation, across the broader Victoria Police organisation and with the input of many of our external stakeholders.

The primary objectives of the ELP project are to:

  • Reduce the high regulatory and administrative burden associated with the application process
  • Improve an outdated delivery system that does not meet customer expectations
  • Increase Victoria Police's responsiveness to implementing change.

For more information on the ELP Project including how it has evolved and the next stages, please click HERE

Launch of revised internet content - firearms
31 March 2012

 In recognition of the growing necessity to provide clear, accurate and concise information to the Victorian community regarding the regulation of firearms, Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD) has conducted a review of its online firearm-related content. LRD is pleased to announce that this review has concluded and all online information relating to firearms has been updated and enhanced.

The key improvements are:

  • Navigation has been enhanced through the creation of new shortcuts
  • A "customer focused" approach to structuring content to make navigation more intuitive
  • The functions of LRD are clearly set out
  • Emphasis is given to what is regarded as a firearm and eligibility for a firearms licence
  • FAQ's have been streamlined and grouped under subject matter
  • Separate pages for key stakeholder groups has been created

A large amount of information that was not previously provided online is now published, including information regarding:

  • Firearm acquisition & disposal requirements
  • Firearm importation & exportation requirements
  • Mutual recognition with other jurisdictions
  • The setting of fees
  • Populous place and safekeeping information

Licensing & Regulation Division wishes to advise that some brochures and guides that refer to 'Licensing Services Division' will be updated in due course. LRD will continue to publish newsletters, guides and other publications online to meet the needs of our stakeholders. LRD is interested in your feedback regarding these pages as we continually strive to ensure that the information provided online is meeting the needs of our customers. The feedback we receive will inform future improvements to these pages and pages relating to private security and weapons. Feedback can be provided by clicking here.

Further Changes to Handgun Participation Requirements
9 March 2012

The Licensing & Regulation Division would like to advise handgun licence holders that consequent to industry consultation, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is currently in the process of further amending section 16 of the Firearms Act 1996.

The amendment will reduce the number of handgun target shoots or matches that must be undertaken per year by those licence holders who own 2 or 3 classes of handguns.  

For further information about the Handgun Participation requirements, view the Target Shooting: Participation Conditions Quick Guide.

Licensing & Regulation Division the new Division name
20 June 2011

Please be advised that as of 1 July 2011, the Licensing Services Division will undergo a name change and will become known as Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD).

More information about the name change can be found here.

Important advice regarding the importation of Imitation firearms prior to 1 July 2011
07 June 2011

From 1 July 2011, imitation firearms (longarms and handguns) will be treated as prohibited weapons in the State of Victoria and regulated under the Control of Weapons Act 1990. The following advice is provided to persons wishing to import imitation firearms during the transitional period leading up to 1 July 2011.

More information about the changes can be found here.

Changes to the Firearms Act 1996
4 April 2011

On 1 July 2011, the remaining sections of the Firearms and Other Acts Amendment Act 2010 will come into effect to amend the Firearms Act 1996 and the Control of Weapons Act 1990.

The amendments to the Firearms Act 1996 include:

  • The removal of the regulation of imitation firearms from the Firearms Act 1996 and regulating these devices as prohibited weapons under the Control of Weapons Act 1990;
  • The provision that a firearm with no, or an illegible serial number (in the absence of evidence to the contrary) is proof that the firearm is unregistered (enacted as at 1 November 2010);
  • The exemption of health professionals, health service security and ambulance officers from requiring firearms licences in respect of firearms handled by those workers in the course of their employment with a health service (enacted as at 1 November 2010); and 
  • Other amendments in relation to interstate handgun participation and reporting, Theatrical Armourer permits, Victorian residency requirements for firearm licences, and work purposes for interstate firearms licence applicants.

More information about the changes can be found here.

Changes to 'Notification of Receiving Instruction' Process
28 March 2011

There have been some changes to the process by which unlicensed people can receive instruction in using a handgun. These changes take effect from 28 March 2011.

The revised process places additional emphasis on the person receiving instruction to declare that they are medically fit to receive instruction to the satisfaction of their instructor.

As a result of this change and the need for more information regarding this process, Licensing & Regulation Diviison (LRD) has prepared a Quick Guide - Trying out and Receiving Instruction: General Category Handguns. This guide is designed to help both people receiving instruction and their instructors to understand their legal obligations.

The 'Notification of Receiving Instruction Form' ('NORI') which must be completed and submitted to LRD when an unlicensed person tries out a handgun has also been updated and improved to accommodate the change, amongst other things.

The need for these changes was identified following a review of the process late last year and feedback from our stakeholders.

The Firearms Act has a provision that enables people without a general category handgun licence to try using a handgun to decide if they want to apply for that type of licence. However, they can do so only under specific conditions and provided they meet certain requirements. Amongst other requirements, an unlicensed person must only receive instruction where:

  • This occurs at an approved Victorian handgun target shooting range;
  • They are not a prohibited person; and
  • Their instructor notifies Victoria Police within seven days each time they receive instruction.

Handgun target shooting clubs are advised to destroy outdated versions of the 'NORI' form and convey this information to their instructors and anybody interested in receiving instruction. Advice will also be provided to clubs in the next edition of the newsletter. 


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