Modifications to the Weapons Identification Database System
3 April 2014
Licensing & Regulation Division wishes to advise that due to modifications to the Weapons Identification Database System (WIDS), a list of Licensed Firearm Dealers will no longer be available to the public.
If you have any queries regarding these modifications please email LRD to the attention of Policy and Publications Unit.
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- Improve an outdated delivery system that does not meet customer expectations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.
Approval of New Handgun Target Shooting Matches
The Licensing & Regulation Division wishes to advise the handgun shooting community that Combined Services Pistol Discipline .38 to .45inch and NRA Pistol have been approved as approved handgun shooting matches pursuant to s.179A(1) of the Firearms Act 1996 (the Act). The approval of these matches was published in the Government Gazette on 20th June 2013.
NRA Pistol encompasses 3 events which include:
- National Match Course
- International Mayleigh Match
- 900 Match Course
As a result of the approval the following events have been allocated match numbers on the list of approved handgun shooting matches:
- International Mayleigh Match - No.35
- National Match Course - No.36 & No.58
- 900 Match Course - No.37 & No.59
- Combined Service Pistol - No.60
Please click here for a full list of Approved Handgun Target Shooting Matches for Victoria. The above mentioned events can be performed at any approved range or by any approved club suitable to conduct those events.
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.