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 Weapons Act. This may include:
- manufacture, sale or purchase of prohibited weapons or body armour
- possession, use, carriage or transportation of prohibited weapons or body armour
- display or advertisement for sale of prohibited weapons
Enquiries regarding coverage under a Governor in Council Exemption Order should be made with the Department of Justice and Community Safety, not the Licensing and Regulation Division.
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. Victoria Police are not responsible for the granting of exemption orders.
Current Governor in Council Exemption Orders
Victoria Police is not responsible for the granting, renewal or maintenance of Exemption Orders. This responsibility falls to the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
We endeavour to publish here the most accurate Governor in Council Exemption Orders for prohibited weapons and body armour relevant to the general community, however, any person seeking to rely on a Governor in Council Exemption should make their own inquiries.
Current Governor in Council Exemption Orders include:
Reviewed 15 June 2021