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Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 14 December 2012

In September 2010, the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice released a consultation paper setting out a total of thirty two proposed amendments to the rules governing the import of firearms contained in Schedule 6 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

Since that time, the focus of Commonwealth firearms policy has been directed to addressing the spate of organised crime-related shootings across Australia. This resulted in a special meeting of the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management at which Australian, state and territory government ministers announced a comprehensive package of measures to tackle firearms crime. This includes improvements to law enforcement powers, information technology, intelligence and operational coordination.

However, this activity meant that the Australian Government was unable to proceed with the planned amendments to the import regulations within the timeframe originally envisaged.

In recognition of the time that has passed, and the need to update stakeholders of current developments, the government has decided to release an updated consultation paper. This paper incorporates a number changes made as a result of the consultation process:

Making a submission

This consultation paper provides an overview of the proposed amendments and the issues they aim to address. The government again invites your views on this body of proposals.

At the close of the consultation period, the department will prepare the Regulation Amendments in their final form, together with formal instruments such as the Explanatory Statement. These will be released for a further period of public consultation.

The government intends to release these for comment in mid-January 2013, with the final regulations coming into force around March.

If you would like to comment on this consultation paper, forward your submission no later than 14 December 2012 to firearms@ag.gov.au or by fax to 02 6141 5463.

Submissions may also be mailed to:

Consultation Paper
Firearms Team
Criminal Justice Division
Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit

All submissions will be treated as public unless the author clearly indicates to the contrary.


No submissions are available for this consultation.