Community safety is improved by the enforcement of strict controls on the possession of firearms. In 1996, the Commonwealth of Australia and states and territories established the National Firearms Agreement as a result of the Port Arthur massacre. It sets out minimum requirements in relation to the regulation of firearms. 

In Queensland, people who want to possess a firearm must apply for and be granted both a firearms license and a ‘Permit to Acquire’. The Queensland Police Service Weapons Licensing unit is responsible for administering all aspects of the Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Regulations 2016 and Weapons Categories Regulations 1997. This includes the issue and renewal of all licenses, permits and exemptions, and the maintenance of the commissioner’s firearms register. Ensuring license holders are aware of and comply with their obligations to maintain appropriate security of their firearms is crucial to:

  • effective gun control and regulation
  • reducing gun thefts.

The Queensland Police Service reported that there were 844,129 firearms registered in Queensland as of 3 June 2018. Between 2014 and 2017, 2,599 firearms were reported stolen.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess how effectively the Queensland Police Service regulates firearms in Queensland to ensure community safety.

Who we might audit
  • Queensland Police Service.
Parliamentary Committee
Legal Affairs and Safety Committee
Audit status
27 November 2020