Overview

The Control of Weapons Regulations 2011 (current regulations) will end on 29 November 2021 and the Department of Justice and Community Safety is proposing that new regulations - Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 (proposed Regulations) - will replace them.

A regulatory impact statement (RIS) examines the effectiveness and impacts of the current Regulations, assesses feasible options for changes and provides a preferred option for the proposed new regulations.

The proposed Regulations are made under the Control of Weapons Act 1990 (the Act). The Act promotes community safety and minimises potential harm from misuse of non-firearm weapons (intentional or otherwise). It does so by restricting the sale, possession, carriage and/or use of weapons other than firearms.

The proposed Regulations will prescribe the following matters for the purposes of the Act:

  • items that are body armour
  • specific articles that are a prescribed class of weapon (e.g. controlled weapon or prohibited weapon)
  • fees for an application for an approval from the Chief Commissioner of Police
  • identification and record keeping requirements for transactions involving prohibited weapons
  • record keeping requirements for police and protective services officers exercising search powers under the Act.

Outcome

The Minister has considered all public comments and submissions and published a notice of intention to make the proposed Regulations in accordance with section 12 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994. A copy of the notice is published in General Gazette Number G45 Dated 11 November 2021.

A statement of reasons, setting out the submissions received, issues raised and how they have been addressed is now available in the Document Library on this page.

The Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 are now in operation. They are available at www.legislation.vic.gov.au.

All comments, submissions and other documents relevant to the proposed Regulations have been submitted to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of Parliament (SARC) as required by the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

You can read more about SARC on the Parliament of Victoria's website.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) collects personal information for the purposes of carrying out public consultation on the proposed Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 as required by the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

All comments and submissions will be treated as public documents unless requested to be made confidential.

You do not have to provide personal information to make a submission for this public consultation. However, if you do not provide this information we will not be able to respond to your comments or submissions. If you make a submission on behalf of an organisation and do not provide your name, organisation and email address we will treat your submission as if it were made by an individual. If you choose to provide personal information, DJCS will use this to send you a written response to your submission.

You should avoid including personal information in the body of the submission and must not include the personal information of a third party without the prior written consent of that person.

Personal information may also be disclosed to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) of the Victorian Parliament in accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994. More information about SARC is available on the Parliament of Victoria website.

Further information about this public consultation process and the proposed Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 may be obtained by contacting us at consult.weapons@justice.vic.gov.au.

You are able to request access to the personal information that we hold about you, and to request that it be corrected. Please contact the DJCS Freedom of Information Unit on 03 8684 0063.

DJCS respects individuals’ privacy.