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Victorian Firearm Safety Course

Release date: Fri 30 December 2011

Last updated: Fri 16 January 2015

You will need to complete a Victorian Firearm Safety Course and test if:

  • You are applying for any licence other than a Collectors, Heirlooms or Licensed Firearm Dealer licence
  • You have never held a Victorian firearm licence (even if you had a licence in another Australian state or territory)
  • Your Victorian firearm licence was cancelled
  • Your Victorian firearm licence expired more than 12 months ago

Longarm safety course

For longarm licence applications, you will need to either telephone your Divisional Firearm Officer or send them a completed firearm safety course booking form (PDF). At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions. The firearm safety code booklet (PDF) will help you prepare for the safety course and test.

Handgun safety course

For handgun licence applications, you will need to contact an approved handgun target shooting club to arrange your safety course. At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions and as well as a practical test. This guide to the handgun safety course (PDF) will help you prepare for the safety course and test. Our 'target shooters and clubs' page has more information on receiving instruction in using a handgun.

Once you have completed the relevant firearm safety course, you must attach the completion certificate you receive to the licence application form along you submit to Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division.

Your local DFO can also help answer your questions about the various courses and tests.

Paintball marker safety course

You will need to complete a Victorian Paintball Marker Safety Course if you wish to own paintball markers and hold a paintball marker licence. You will need to contact a Paintball Operator to book into the course. At the end of the course you will sit a short, written test of multiple choice questions. This paintball safety guide will help you prepare for the safety course and test.

Private security firearm safety courses

You will need to complete a different firearm safety course to those listed above if you want to work with a firearm in the private security industry. Specifically, you will need to successfully complete the 'Control Security Risk Situations Using Firearms' unit of competency which is covered in the following courses:

  • Certificate III Armed Guard
  • Certificate III Cash-In-Transit
  • Certificate III Combined Armed Guard and Cash-In-Transit

You will need to re-take the firearm-specific unit of competency each year. For more information, see Victoria Police's Private Security Training Requirements web page.

 
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