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Frequently Asked Questions

Release date: Tue 30 October 2012

Last updated: Mon 8 August 2016

Can I carry capsicum or pepper spray to protect myself or for purposes of self defence?

No. It is not legal to carry any article designed or adapted to discharge an offensive, noxious or irritant liquid, powder, gas or chemical so as to cause disability, incapacity or harm to another person. Capsicum spray, pepper spray or any other similar articles are prohibited weapons and are inappropriate for general possession without a Governor in Council Exemption Order or a Chief Commissioner Approval. Self protection or self defence is not a lawful excuse to be able to possess these articles. Alternative options are to carry personal alarm devices such as whistles or personal protection alarms.
See the Community Safety page for further information on ways you can be prepared and reduce your chance of being a victim of crime.

What is a credit card knife?

The credit card knife folds into the shape and size of a credit card and is designed to be concealed inside a wallet or pocket. Please be advised that persons found to be in possession of a credit card knife risk being charged with possession of a prohibited weapon as there is no lawful excuse to carry this item.

What is a flick knife and can I possess, use or carry one?

Under Schedule 3 of the Control of Weapons Regulations 2011, a flick knife is a knife that:

  • has been designed or adapted so that the blade is concealed when folded into the handle; and
  • opens by gravity, centrifugal force, or by any pressure applied to a button, spring or device that is in, or attached to, the handle of the knife.

A knife that fits the above description is still considered a flick knife even if the blade is partially visible when closed.

Flick knives are prohibited weapons.

To possess, use or carry prohibited weapons in Victoria, a person must:

  • have been issued with a Chief Commissioner's Approval; or
  • be exempt from needing a Chief Commissioner's Approval because they are covered by a Governor In Council Exemption Order (GIC Exemption).

If you are found in possession a flick knife, regardless if the blade is fully or partially concealed in the knives' handle, you risk being charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

I am the subject of a Governor In Council Exemption Order, a condition of which requires that my prohibited weapon(s) be stored safely and securely in a manner approved by the Chief Commissioner. What are these storage requirements?

The following is the minimum standard of safe keeping for prohibited weapons. Additional storage requirements may apply to particular prohibited weapons (e.g. crossbows) as detailed in the conditions of the relevant GIC Order or Chief Commissioner Approval:

(a) stored in a manner calculated to ensure that the item:
     (i) is not readily accessible to a person other than the person seeking to rely on the exemption; and

     (ii) is not available for possession, carriage or use by a person who is not themselves a holder of an approval issued by the Chief Commissioner of Police or who    does not fall within another class of exempt persons;

(b) when being transported between the usual place of storage of the item and places at which the item is legitimately used, the purpose of which is the subject of this exemption, stored in a manner calculated to ensure that the item is not readily accessible to a person other than the person seeking to rely on the exemption and that the item is concealed from plain sight during any such transportation.


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