Firearm Controls

Report 18

Auditor General's overview

This Office has previously reported 4 times since 2000 on WA Police’s regulation and oversight of firearms. These reports consistently highlighted issues with Police’s firearm application and inspection policies, procedures and activities, and weaknesses in the information systems used to carry out its regulatory responsibilities…

 

 

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Executive summary
This audit assessed how effectively the Western Australia Police Force (Police) controls and regulates firearms in Western Australia (WA). Read more...
Audit focus and scope
The audit objective was to determine how effectively the Western Australia Police Force (Police) controls and regulates firearms. Read more...
Key finding - Licence assessment procedures are not sufficient and transparent
The procedures and guidance that help staff to assess licence applications are inadequate. This increases the risk that assessments will be inefficient and inconsistent. Read more...
Key finding - Monitoring and compliance activities do not address risks
We found a number of significant weaknesses in how Police monitors compliance with licence conditions. Read more...
Key finding - Information systems do not support effective regulation of firearms
The L&R system has a number of control and functionality weaknesses around data input, logging and monitoring of data access, authorisation for approving licences, system access and reporting. Read more...
Key finding - Our previous audit recommendations have not been addressed
During this audit we found Police has not addressed findings reported in our Third Public Sector Performance Report 2009 and Information Systems Audit Report 2013. Read more...
Appendix 1 - Firearm licence types and categories
Appendix 2 - Progress against previous OAG recommendations