Massive hikes for WA licence fees


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Licence fees for gun owners in Western Australia will skyrocket, some by around $100, from 1 July as a new price structure comes into effect.

The biggest hits to hip pockets will be for individuals and collectors paying for new licences and additional firearms noting, but most fees are to be increased.

A shooter who wants to add a firearm to their licence will pay more than twice the previous rate as the fee jumps from $72.50 to $169.50.

Collector’s adding a new firearm will be hit even harder, the current fee of $72.50 increasing by more than $100 to $179.20.

Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Rick Mazza said there was no justification for the huge rises.

“Not only do we have an inefficient service, they are going to slug the firearm community with unconscionable increases,” he said.

The fee increases are apparently being implemented as part of government efforts to make the department revenue-neutral, but on top of the demonstrable mismanagement of the firearm licensing system the cash grab is only making the state’s shooters more angry. 

FIREARM LICENCE FEES, WA

To 30 June

From 1 July

Individual Firearm Licences

$

$

Firearms Licence- Original Issue (1 year)

         159.20

         246.30

Firearms Licence – renewal (1 year)

           45.70

           51.80

Firearms Licence – Noting Fee (Additional)

           72.50

         169.50

Collector’s Licence

 

 

Firearm Collector’s Licence- Original issue (3 year)

         247.30

         316.30

Firearm Collector’s Licence- renewal (3 year)

           45.70

           57.80

Firearm Collector’s Licence – Noting Fee (Additional)

           72.50

         179.20

Corporate Licence

 

 

Corporate Licence- original issue (1 year)

         389.50

         403.00

Corporate Licence- renewal (1 year)

         109.70

         117.00

Corporate Licence – Noting Fee (Additional)

           72.50

         179.20

Dealers Licence

 

 

Dealers Licence – original issue (1year)

         389.50

         414.30

Dealers Licence – renewal (1year)

         100.90

         107.60

Repairs Licence

 

 

Repairers Licence – original issue (1 year)

         389.50

         414.30

Repairers Licence – renewal (1 year)

           76.80

           84.10

Manufacturers Licence

 

 

Manufacturers Licence- original issue (1 year)

         389.50

         414.30

Manufacturers Licence- renewal  (1 year)

           76.80

           84.10

Shooting Gallery Licence

 

 

Shooting Gallery Licence – original issue (1 year)

         254.50

         289.10

Shooting Gallery Licence – renewal (1 year)

           80.90

           87.90

Ammunition Collector’s Licence

 

 

Ammunition Licence – original issue (5 years)

         247.20

         289.10

Ammunition Licence – renewal (5 years)

           59.40

           60.10

Miscellaneous fees

 

 

Safe Custody  Fee

         154.66

         154.66

Temporary Permit Fee

           56.40

           56.30

Duplicate Firearms Licence

           32.10

           32.00

Photographic licence cards

           20.00

           20.10

Infringement Fine

         421.00

         421.00


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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