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Body armour

Law about use and sale of body armour, such as bullet proof vests.

Body armour includes any garment that is used (designed, intended or adapted) to protect the body from the effects of a firearm or other weapon. It would usually be bullet proof vests (or Ned Kelly’s armour). Body armour is defined in the Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Offences

It is an offence to:

  • bring (or send) body armour into Victoria
  • manufacture, buy or sell body armour, or
  • possess body armour.

Penalties

The penalty is 240 penalty units or 2 years jail.

See s. 8A—Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Exemptions

The offence does not apply to an employee who has authorised approval if they are acting in the course of their employment. This includes police officers, military or corrections officers.

Other exempted classes of people may be published in the Government Gazette.

Body armour not to be used by prohibited people

Prohibited persons are not to access body armour. An exception can’t be granted to a body corporate or a partnership if one of the officers or partners is a prohibited person.

See ss. 8B, 8C—Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

More information

Legislation

Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic)

  • s. 3—defines body armour (refers to the regulations)
  • s. 8A—creates the offence of bringing body armour into the state
  • s. 8B—exemptions for prohibited weapons and body armour
  • s. 8C—limits the ability to give approval to a prohibited person
  • s. 8E—body armour offences relating to exemptions and approvals

See Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 (Vic)

  • r. 6—defines body armour as a garment of item that is intended to protect the body from the effects of a firearm

See Control of Weapons Regulations 2021 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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