1 September 2017
Review of the NSW Police Force’s Firearms Registry
The Minister for Police and Emergency Services approved the Terms of Reference for this Review and agreed to establish the review under the auspices of section 217 of the Police Act 1990. The Terms of Reference of the Review encompass the following issues:
- Whether the Registry’s operations are efficient and effective and align with its legislative and regulatory responsibilities;
- Detailed recommendations for enhancing the Registry’s effectiveness through the use of improved Information Technology solutions, such as smart card licensing, and including a proposed implementation and business plan;
- Opportunities to minimise or abolish any red tape or unnecessary bureaucracy in dealings with Registry customers;
- Whether the Registry is currently managing its relationships with key stakeholders in a manner which is effective in the progressing of its legislative and regulatory role;
- Whether appropriate internal controls and safeguards are in place to manage sensitive information that the Registry holds;
- Appropriate funding options, fee for service and cost recovery opportunities for current and proposed business practices;
- The appropriateness of governance and reporting arrangements for the Registry;
- Whether current functions such as, for example, approving paintball or range approvals are more appropriately located elsewhere within the public sector;
- What scope there is to align the Registry’s regulatory functions to better inform the NSW Police Force’s enforcement of broader firearm and weapons prohibition laws.
The Review was intended to assess Registry functions and processes and recommended business practice and IT system solutions; it was not designed to assess the effectiveness of the legislative framework that governs firearms and weapons prohibition in NSW or Australia.
Read the review (authorised for public release) - Review of the NSW Police Force’s Firearms Registry