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Governor in Council Exemption Order

Release date: Thu 25 March 2010

Last updated: Tue 12 August 2014

What is it?

A Governor in Council Exemption Order exists where the Governor of Victoria, in consultation with relevant ministers, determines to permit a class of persons to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by the Act. This may include:

  • the manufacture, sale or purchase of prohibited weapons or body armour.
  • the possession, use, carriage or transportation of prohibited weapons or body armour.
  • the display or advertisement for sale of prohibited weapons.

A Governor in Council Exemption Order may also exempt a class of weapons from classification as a prohibited weapon. The Governor in Council does not grant Exemption Orders to individuals.

The Governor in Council may attach conditions and limitations to an Exemption Order and certain individuals may be unable to claim one even if they are a member of a class of people awarded one. As such, Victoria Police are not the responsible entity for the granting of Exemption Orders.

To apply for a Governor in Council Exemption Order, contact the Department of Justice.

Imitation Firearms

The Victorian Government Gazette has published the list of Governor in Council Exemptions for imitation firearms.

Contact Information

For further information or help, please e-mail your enquiry with your contact details to the Licensing & Regulation Division at

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