Firearms Regulations review now complete

Victoria’s new firearms regulations come into effect today following significant consultation with the firearm community, industry stakeholders, the public and Victoria Police.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today confirmed there would be no increases in licensing fees under the Firearms Regulations 2018, which maintain the same fee structure as the 2008 regulations.

The new regulations also introduce small amendments to improve the operation of the regulations, including:

  • requiring a permit for the use or possession of a handgun chassis kit, which can alter the operation of the hand gun, while also giving it the appearance of a higher-powered weapon like a submachine gun
  • making line throwers and dog training devices exempt devices, and
  • adding Field and Game Australia to the list of bodies who can nominate members to the Firearms Appeal Committee.

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was released for public comment in December 2017. The RIS primarily focused on fees for firearms licences, permits and approvals, as well as other aspects of firearm licensing.

The legitimate firearms community constructively engaged with the consultation process. After reviewing the feedback the government decided to maintain the existing fee structure.

Firearms in Victoria are regulated in Victoria by the Firearms Act 1996.

The Firearms Regulations 2008, which are made under the Act, deal with some aspects of the use of and trade in firearms. They also set fees for licences, permits and approvals relating to firearms.