| December 07, 2015

Kealy called for review of firearms licence payments

Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy has successfully lobbied to enable online payment of firearm registrations.

“I’ve heard from a number of concerned registered firearm owners in relation to the difficulties being experienced with payment for firearm registration renewal and I’ve been actively lobbying for a review of payment options,” Ms Kealy said.

“Some firearm owners had found themselves in the position where they had to hand their guns in for a lengthy period of time because payment of registration was not available in the local area.

“The lack of flexibility in payment methods meant farmers had to travel into town to make payment, resulting in significant time off the farm to pay and resolve registration issues.

“Following extensive lobbying it was great news that firearm owners can now pay for licences anywhere and anytime using BPAY. Previously they had no option but to pay in cash or cheque at a designated bank”, she said.

More than 55,000 registered firearms owners across Victoria will benefit from these changes.

“This will make a huge difference to farmers and licence holders living in rural and regional Victoria who don’t have easy access to a bank and previously had to travel large distances to pay their licence fees,” Ms Kealy said.

Most firearms licences need to be renewed every three or five years. Victorians can still pay in person using the payment form.

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