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National Firearms Register

On 6 December 2023, National Cabinet agreed to implement a National Firearms Register, delivering on an outstanding reform from the Port Arthur response in 1996.

The register will provide frontline police officers with near real-time information on firearms, parts, and owners. The register will link firearms information with other relevant police and government information, including information from the National Criminal Intelligence System and the courts, to better enable law enforcement assess firearms risks.

National Firearms Register model

The register will be a federated model, drawing information from existing firearms registries, portals and management systems. This will enable a national, near real-time view on firearms and associated risks. 

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) will develop and administer the register. 

Implementation timeframes

The register will be implemented and fully operational in 4 years.

This timeframe reflects the legislative, policy, data and technical improvements required to make the register fit for purpose and deliver on its law enforcement and community safety objectives.

All states and territories and relevant Australian Government agencies will need to perform extensive improvements to existing registries, portals and management systems. This includes:

  • significant data remediation to meet a common national data standard
  • upgrading existing registries and replacing paper-based systems
  • upgrading and digitising portals for dealers, importers, and manufacturers
  • implementing business and process changes to ensure information is provided in near real-time, and
  • connecting each individual system to the register.

Ahead of the register’s full operation, data remediation and standardisation work will have immediate benefits within each jurisdiction, including improved data searching, matching, and risk assessment functions.

Consultation

We are committed to understanding the views and concerns of key stakeholders and the broader Australian community as we work to deliver the register.

In April 2023, we ran a public consultation on the key capabilities and benefits a register could provide. We received 86 submissions from individuals and organisations.

We will continue to consult with stakeholders and interested parties throughout the implementation period.

This webpage will be updated when more information on the Register is available, including key milestones implementation progress.