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Mutual recognition, and moving and working interstate with firearms

Release date: Fri 23 December 2011

Last updated: Thu 26 May 2016

Moving from Victoria

If you are moving interstate permanently, you need to contact the relevant interstate firearms registry (PDF) to find out the specific requirements of your new state or territory. Once you have registered your firearm(s) in your new state or territory, you will need to provide wirtten advice of the removal of your firearm(s) from the state of Victoria either by mail or email to Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD). You will also need to provide a copy of your interstate registration certificate or documentation so that LRD can cancel your Victorian firearm licence.

Moving to Victoria

You must advise Licensing & Regulation Division in writing that you are moving to Victoria permanently. You should also advise your Divisional Firearm Officer of the firearms that you are bringing into Victoria. You will ultimately need a Victorian firearm licence but provided you detail in your licence application any firearm(s) registered to you in a state or territory other than Victoria, you will not need a permit to acquire to bring or keep your firearm(s) with you. The Firearms Act also provides for the following transition periods:

Category A or B longarm or paintball marker

If you hold an interstate firearm licence for this category of firearm or article, you are determined to hold a corresponding Victorian licence for three months from the date you advised LRD of your move. During this three month period, you may possess, carry or use any firearm which your interstate licence enabled you to do. If after this period, you have not applied for and been granted a full Victoria firearm licence, you must dispose of your firearm(s).

Category C or D longarms and general category handguns

If you hold an interstate licence for these categories of firearm, you are determined to hold a corresponding Victorian licence for seven days from the date you advised LRD of your move. During this seven day period, you may possess, carry or use any firearm which your interstate licence enabled you to do. If you make an application for a full Victoria firearm licence during this period, you may continue to possess (but not carry or use) your firearm(s) until the outcome of your application is determined. If you do not make an application during the seven day period, you must dispose of your firearm(s).

Visiting or working in Victoria on a temporary basis

If you hold a firearm licence interstate you can possess, carry and use firearms in Victoria in the following circumstances provided your firearm licence allows you to do the same in your home state or territory:

  • Shooting competitions - For taking part in a Victorian shooting competition as a competitor, instructor, referee, supervisor, competition judge or range officer at an approved club or organisation. You may only use a category A or B longarm or general category handgun.
  • Clay target shooting competitions - For taking part in a Victorian clay target shooting competition at an approved clay target shooting club or organisation. You may only use a category C longarm.
  • Hunting - For the purposes of hunting in Victoria either on Crown land in accordance with relevant laws or on private property where you have the owner's permission to hunt on that land. You may only use a category A or B longarm.
  • Primary production - For the purposes of primary production in Victoria where you have the land owner's permission to do so and are acting in the manner authorised by your licence. You may only use a category A or B longarm.
  • Suppression of pest animals - For the purposes of the suppression of pest animals on land on which primary production is carried out. You may only use a category C longarm.
  • Display of firearms - For the purposes of taking part in a display of firearms under a dealers licence. In this case, you will also need to obtain the approval of Licensing & Regulation Division in the form of a display permit.
  • Paintball gaming - For the purposes of taking part in paintball gaming activities using a paintball marker.
  • Security guards - For the occupation of security guard using a general category handgun.

You must carry your firearm licence with you and transport your firearms in a safe and secure manner at all times.

Interstate residents working regularly with firearms in Victoria.

The Firearms Act was recently amended to enable non-Victorian residents to hold a Victorian licence for employment purposes. Please contact Licensing & Regulation Division if you live outside Victoria and wish to work with firearms in Victoria.

Victorian residents visiting or working interstate with firearms

Victorian residents visiting or working with firearms interstate need to contact the relevant interstate firearm registry (PDF) to find out the specific requirements of that state or territory.
 

 
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