Information Provided by:
Victoria Police Licensing Services Division 14/10/2010
Subject to change without notice!

Storage Requirements:

The Prohibited Weapon/s owned or possessed under this Chief Commissioner’s Approval or Governor in Council Exemption must be stored in the following manner:

Weapons other than Blow Guns should be stored in a locked cupboard, cabinet or safe of sturdy construction, and if glass fronted, the glass will be a minimum thickness of 5 millimetres. If the mass weight is less than 150 kg’s it shall be affixed to either the frame of the floor or wall (where applicable) so as to prevent easy removal. Wood screws and the like are not acceptable but ramset/dyna bolts are sufficient. The locks fitted to these receptacles shall be of sturdy construction. Padlocks shall have shanks of hardened steel.

Blow Guns may be on open display within the applicant’s home, but both ends of the device must be sealed and all darts surrendered.

Body Armour must be stored in a safe and secure manner.

Swords must be stored in a manner calculated to ensure that the sword:

  1. is not readily accessible to a person other than the person seeking to rely on the exemption;
  2. is not available for possession, carriage or use by a person who is not themselves a holder of an approval issued by the Chief Commissioner of Police or who does not fall within another class of exempt persons.

-New Information on Swords-
Ensuring that the weapons storage facility is ‘not readily accessible’ and/ or ‘not available’ simply means that all reasonable measures have been taken to make sure that the weapon is secured in a manner which ensures that an unauthorised person is unable to remove the weapon. For example, a sword is considered ‘not readily accessible’ or ‘not available’ if it is bolted to the wall, or locked in a glass cabinet, thereby preventing an unauthorised person gaining possession of the weapon.

Should you have any further queries please email licensingservices@police.vic.gov.au

General Category Crossbows must be stored in a safe and secure manner
(a)     stored in a manner calculated to ensure that the crossbow is not readily accessible to a person other than the person seeking to rely on the exemption;

i)      fitted with a trigger lock and the keys stored in a separate place; or
ii)     stored with a cable lock through the footclaw and connected to the string; or
iii)    stored in the unstrung condition with the prod/bow assembly demounted from the stock (where possible);
(b)     ensuring that the crossbow is not available for possession, carriage or use by a person who is not themselves a holder of an approval issued by the Chief Commissioner of Police or who does not fall within another class of exempt persons.

Please refer to Schedule 4 of the Firearms Act for storage requirements relevant to the category of firearms the individuals have been licence for.

Should you have any further queries please contact the relevant police division from your state.

Licensing Services Division
Email: licensingservices@police.vic.gov.au
Telephone: 1300 651 645
Postal: GPO Box 2807
Melbourne VIC 3001