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    Importing, exporting and visiting or moving to Australia with firearms

    The movement of firearms and firearm parts, ammunition and accessories in and out of Australian territory is controlled primarily by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Victoria Police and the Attorney-General's office provide limited administrative and regulatory assistance to Customs.

    You must declare all firearms, weapons and ammunition when arriving in Victoria from overseas or departing Victoria for overseas. For information about declaring firearms, contact Australian Customs.

    Importing
    Customs requires Victoria Police to certify that Victorian residents wishing to import firearms, imitation firearms, paintball markers or firearm ammunition, parts or accessories are either appropriately licensed to receive that item or the item does not require a licence to be held. Without this certification or 'Import Permit' from Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division ('LRD'), Customs will not release your item to you.

    There are no fees for applying for an Import Permit but applying for a 'Permit to Acquire' a new firearm does attract a processing fee. LRD's Quick Guide to Importing and Exporting: Firearms, Ammunition, Parts and Accessories (PDF) provides detailed information about the requirements and limitations of importing and exporting these items.

    To apply for an Import Permit for longarms or paintball makers and their compatible ammunition, parts and accessories you need to submit a completed Application for Police Confirmation for the Importation of Firearms and Parts B709A (PDF).

    To apply for an Import Permit for handguns and compatible ammunition, parts and accessories you will need to submit a completed Application for Police Confirmation for the Importation of Firearms and Parts B709D (PDF).

    To apply for an Import Permit for imitation firearms or weapons, and their compatible ammunition, parts and accessories, you will need to submit a completed Application for Police Confirmation for the Importation of Firearms and Parts B709B (PDF).

    Exporting
    If you wish to export any of your own firearms, ammunition, parts or accessories you will need to apply to Customs for a 'Restricted Goods Permit'. In certain circumstances, you may also need to submit additional information to Customs. For assistance with your particular situation, contact Australian Customs.

    If the exported item(s) will not be brought back into Australia, you must advise Licensing & Regulation Division and provide a copy of the relevant export documentation. If the exported article(s) will be brought back into Australia, you will need an Import Permit before you export the item from Australia. You must also inform LRD in writing within 14 days of returning to Australia where you will ordinarily store each firearm you own.

    International visitors and firearms
    If you plan to visit Australia to participate in an approved shooting activity in Victoria, you must have an 'International Visitors Permit'. You will not be able to participate in a Victorian shoot until your International Visitors Permit application (PDF) has been approved.

    If you want to bring your own firearm, ammunition, parts or accessories with you when you participate in an approved Victorian shooting activity, you must also have the relevant Import Permit. Australian Customs will not release your items to you if your Import Permit application has not been approved before you arrive in Australia.

    You should submit both applications four weeks before your visit.

    If you move permanently to Australia from overseas, you do not require a Permit to Acquire to bring your firearms with you as long as you can prove that you own them. You will, however, need to apply for a Victorian firearm licence and must provide details of the firearms you own on your licence application form. You will also need to arrange for a LFD to store your firearms while the outcome of your firearm licence application is determined.

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    Licensing & Regulation Division
    Release date: Mon 19 December 2011

    Last updated: Tue 2 June 2015

    Relocation of Licensing & Regulation Division Front Counter Services
    Licensing & Regulation Division will be relocating our services to Tower 1, as of 8 June 2015 to 637 Flinders Street Docklands 3008 (entry via Flinders street).

    In order to provide a more personalised approach attendance at the counter will be by appointment only. There will no longer be a drop in service and customers will need to forward all applications/renewals/correspondence to:

    Licensing & Regulation Division
    GPO Box2807
    Melbourne VIC 3001



    Making an appointment
    Appointments are available on the following days between the times below:

    Monday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Appointments may be made by contacting the customer service line 1300 651 645.

    Appointments should only be made by customers requiring:
    1. An Interview in relation to a private security application applying under mutual recognition;
    2. Advice about a security or firearms licence that has been suspended /refused or cancelled; or
    3. To discuss more complex applications for firearms, security and business and corporate licences.

    More information
    For access to general information please visit our website:

    Firearm related information - www.police.vic.gov.au/firearms
    Private Security related information - www.police.vic.gov.au/privatesecurity
    Weapons related information - www.police.vic.gov.au/weapons

    Customers are advised that if you are concerned about sending sensitive or confidential documentation in the mail then you may consider utilising the Australia Post registered mail or Express Post options, although note applications sent via standard post are assessed in the same way as those sent by alternate means.

    For specific queries that are not addressed on our website, please email licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au, or alternatively telephone Licensing & Regulation Division on 1300 651 645 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

    About the Licensing & Regulation Division
    Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division (LRD) is responsible for the regulation of the firearm, private security and weapon industries, and, through this, creating a safer Victoria.

    LRD provides direct services to the more than 300,000 members of these industries through its administration of the Firearms Act 1996, Private Security Act 2004, Control of Weapons Act 1990 and their associated Regulations.

    These services include:

    Processing applications for firearm licences, permits and other authorities
    Processing applications for private security licences, registrations and other authorities
    Processing applications for Chief Commissioner of Police prohibited weapon approvals
    Providing timely and accurate responses to customer enquiries
    LRD is also involved in:

    Monitoring the compliance of licence, permit and authority holders through audits and inspections
    Detecting, investigating and analysing potential breaches of the legislation
    Identifying risks to the integrity of the licensing process
    Communicating the legal obligations of holding a licence, permit, registration or authority as well as the consequences of failing to meet these.
    Reducing Red Tape - Statement of Expectations
    The Licensing & Regulation Division is committed to reducing red tape by promoting greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and enforcement of regulation. In line with the Victorian Government's objective of reducing red tape, the Minister for Police and Emergency services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells MP, issued a Statement of Expectations (SoE) to the Licensing & Regulation Division on 5 June 2014.

    The SoE outlines the Government's expectations of how the Licensing & Regulation Division should improve its operations over 2014-15 and 2015-16. The SoE aims to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and enforcement of regulation in the context of facilitating increased business investment and economic activity in Victoria and benefits both the regulator and the community by:

    establishing clear expectations of regulator performance and improvement between the responsible Minister/s and the regulator;
    promoting greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration and enforcement of regulation; and
    assisting regulators to reduce the regulatory burden for providers and improve the transparency of regulatory processes.
    The Statement of Expectations is available for download here. LRD's response to the Minister's Statement of Expectations is available for download here.

    Service Improvements
    In order to continue to improve the way we deliver our services to you, Victoria Police will commence the implementation of an electronic application lodgement process in 2014.

    To view responses to some frequently asked questions about the initiative please click HERE.

    Feedback
    We know you value good customer service. Our aim is to give you the best service we can within the statutory parameters we are bound by. As such, we value your opinion and want to know about the quality of the service you have been provided as well as if you have any suggestions about how and where we could do better. We also want to hear from you if you have a complaint, as your experience can help us to improve our service to you and to others. Your complaint will be handled in accordance with LRD's complaints management policy (PDF).

    To provide feedback online, please complete a Feedback Form (PDF) and email it to us at feedback.lrd@police.vic.gov.au. Alternatively you can post your completed Feedback Form to Licensing & Regulation Division, GPO Box 2807, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.


    Contact us
    Licensing & Regulation Division
    Victoria Police Centre
    637 Flinders Street
    Docklands, VIC, 3008

    GPO Box 2807
    Melbourne, VIC, 3001

    Phone: 1300 651 645
    Fax: (03) 9247 6485
    Email: licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

    Front Counter Service Hours

    Monday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

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