The Firearms Regulations are being reviewed

Firearms are regulated in Victoria by the Firearms Act 1996. The Firearms Regulations 2008, which are made under the Act, will expire on 8 April 2018. The regulations deal with some aspects of the use of and trade in firearms. They also set fees for licences, permits and approvals relating to firearms.

The Department of Justice and Regulation, working with Victoria Police, is in the process of reviewing the regulations and has developed proposed new regulations to replace them when they expire. A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been developed to:

  • explain the proposed new regulations
  • outline other potential options for amending the regulations.

The review has, so far, included consultation with a number of firearms community stakeholders and individual dealers. The department is now seeking comments from members of the public on the proposed regulations.

The feedback received through this public consultation will be taken into account when a decision is made about the final regulations, which will happen in 2018.

Please note that only the content of the Firearms Regulations, which are limited in scope, is currently under review. The department is not seeking submissions on the regulation of firearms generally, or the requirements of the Firearms Act 1996.

The statement is open for public comment

Submissions will close on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 5.00pm.

You can make a submission by:

  • uploading a document on Engage Victoria (preferred)
  • emailing
  • mailing Firearms Regulation Review, Police Policy and Governance, Department of Justice and Regulation, GPO Box 4356, Melbourne 3001.

Submissions received before the due date will be considered in making a decision about the regulations. Although submissions will not be published, they will be treated as public documents. All submissions will receive a response. Please supply contact details such as an email or postal address when making your submission.

Submissions received after the due date may not be considered.