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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 585 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon James Hayward

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


585. Hon JAMES HAYWARD to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the increase in firearms licence fees, in effect from 1 July 2021.

(1) Can the minister explain why the increases were in excess of consumer price index increases?

(2) Can the minister explain why in some cases licence fees increased by over 130 per cent?

(3) What is the amount of additional revenue that the increases will raise over the budget estimates period?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police. Noting that notice of this question was given on 5 August, the information is valid as of that date.

(1) The firearms licence fees and charges administered by the Western Australia Police Force are determined under a cost-recovery model. This model ensures that fees cannot exceed the cost of providing the relevant service to the community. For years, these fees have not been cost reflective. Effective 1 July 2021, a two-year transition to full cost recovery for firearms licence fees has been implemented.

(2) Some fees were significantly lower than cost recovery, and Western Australia remains the second cheapest of the states in Australia for a new firearms licence overall.

(3) The Western Australia Police Force advises it is $936 000 in 2021–22; $1 188 000 in 2022–23; $167 000 in 2023–24; and $167 000 in 2024–25.