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Increased Penalties for Firearm Offences

16 November 2022

The Firearm Amendment Bill 2022 has resulted in changes to the Criminal Code in WA. These changes have brought about increased penalties for Stealing and Unlawful Possession offences related to firearms.

The changes to the Criminal Code are as follows;

  • Section 378 (5)(g) provides that if the thing stolen is a firearm as defined in the Firearms Act 1973, the offender is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.
  • Section 417A (4A) provides special circumstances where possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property namely a thing that is defined in the Firearms Act 1973, the offender is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.

For further details choose Amendments to Recent Legislation in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Help Centre page

National Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupations Registration Scheme

04 July 2022

The New National Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupations Registration (AMR) Scheme

The AMR scheme commenced in Western Australia on 1 July 2022.

All firearms occupational licences issued under the Firearms Act 1973 are excluded from automatic mutual recognition.

This scheme has been introduced to enable eligible workers who need to be licensed or registered for their profession or trade, to work casually in other states or territories without applying for a local licence or permit, if they are already licensed to perform the same activities in their home state.

Some occupations are currently excluded from the AMR scheme due to significant risks to the health and safety of workers and/or the public. Firearms licences have been deemed to be of significant risk.

For firearms licensing queries please call Licensing Services on 1300 171 011

Firearms Act 1973 Review

02 May 2022

The date to receive feedback has now been closed. Thank you to all that have provided valuable feedback relating to the Firearms Act 1973 review. The information will be analysed and taken into consideration during the legislation redraft.

Thank you to those who participated in providing feedback as we create future change together.


Gel Blasters

22 February 2022

The Minister for Police on the 14 June 2021 announced the prohibition on possession of Gel Blasters from 3 July 2021.

Welcome to Our New Website

08 November 2021

As a part of our commitment to continuous improvement, WA Police Force Licensing Services website has been restructured and renewed.

We have combined information from our previous sites into a single seamless and 'hopefully' easier to use format for both the experienced web user and beginners.

A part of this new site is this Blog, which we will use to update members of the public about various firearms licensing matters such as legislative changes that may be amended or pending, policy changes or amendment to current processes for licensing of firearms in Western Australia.

Please refer to Help Centre page for list of frequently asked questions. If you are unable to find the information you require, please utilise the Contact Us form on the Help Centre page.