Online Hearing Pilot Program

The Firearms Appeals Committee will now commence to hear suitable matters as part of an online hearing pilot program. Where possible, matters previously adjourned as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be rescheduled for hearing, if they can proceed using Zoom. The suitability of a matter for hearing in the pilot program will on depend on the length of hearing, complexity, number of witnesses, availability of arrangements for witnesses giving evidence and any other relevant matters. 

To discuss your suitability for the pilot program, or to seek for your matter to be included in the pilot, please contact the Committee Secretariat. 

Phone: 0429 701 586 or email: (External link)

0429 701 586
Postal address
Department of Justice and Community Safety
GPO Box 4356

Information on how to lodge an appeal with the Firearms Appeals Committee

The Firearms Appeals Committee is a statutory appeals body, independent of government, established under Part 9 of the Firearms Act 1996.

The function of the committee is to review certain decisions of the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police to: 

  • cancel firearm licences
  • refuse firearm licence applications
  • impose certain conditions on firearm licences. 

The committee consists of up to 15 members, who are appointed by the Governor in Council. The members of the committee are made up of legal representatives, firearm industry representatives and representatives nominated by the Minister for Police. Committee members are appointed for three year terms. The department acts as Secretariat to the committee.