Current as of 23/08/2017
I could not find the original post to update, but thought that I would share this with my fellow Aussies. Sadly free ownership of almost any kind of 'weapon' is non-existent here, so it is important to know the laws.
This information is obtained from the police of each state, or legal databases, not Whirlpool forums or someones 'but I heard' hearsay. I am in no way presenting legal advice or qualified to be interpreting the law, so please read yourselves:
Do I need a licence or permit for a Sword?
"In general, swords such as a sabre, cutlass, samurai sword, katana, etc fall outside the scope of the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 and you do not need a licence or permit to own one and there are no specific safe storage requirements."
"However, if a sword is concealed or appears to be something other than a sword, for example if it's concealed in a walking stick, it is classified as a prohibited weapon and you will require a special permit to possess it."
"Prohibited weapons are items considered inappropriate for general possession and use without a Chief Commissioner's Approval or a Governor in Council Exemption Order (GIC Exemption)."
"Prohibited weapons are specifically listed in the Control of Weapons Act 1990 and Control of Weapons Regulations 2011."
Prohibited weapons include swords as per the link to a full list of prohibited weapons found here:
In a media release “Mr Prince said controlled weapons were mainly those articles which were designed as weapons but used in lawful sports and activities such as martial arts.
“It will also be illegal to carry or possess without a lawful excuse a controlled weapon, which includes a baton flail (nunchaku), crossbow, spear gun or sword,” he said.
Swords are a controlled weapon, not a prohibited one.
"Prohibited weapons are a risk to public safety. You cannot possess a prohibited weapon without an exemption.
Exemptions are issued for specific purposes only and conditions apply for each weapon."
Swords are NOT listed as a prohibited weapon.
Firearms licences, permits and forms – Weapons forms refer only to the purchase of Prohibited weapons
Lists of prohibited and controlled weapons. Note that swords are a controlled weapon.
The Weapons Licensing section of the QPS website.
Sword is not listed under any of the weapons classifications
"Can I buy a sword from overseas and import it into Queensland? What do I need to do? Do I need a licence to keep the sword in Queensland?
"Swords (katanas etc) are not classified as weapons in the Weapons Categories Regulation 1997. Therefore, there is no requirement to have swords registered to licence issued under the provisions of the Weapons Act 1990 (the Act).
"However, persons who possess swords must be mindful of the misuse provisions (sections 57 through 59) of the Act as these provisions will apply to persons who possess swords in Queensland.
"To lawfully import swords into Australia (Queensland) a Form B709B (Importation of Weapons – Police Certification) is not required, as swords are not classified as prohibited imports under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. Swords may be imported without the approval of the Queensland Police Service."
Pretty scant information here… list of prohibited weapons which doesn’t include a sword
Online forms to possess a prohibited weapon
NOTE: I cannot stress enough that there are often additional storage requirements, record keeping and the like that accompanies ownership!!
The best advice is to call the police and discuss with them the full requirements, or contact a reputable club/society. The police are typically a pretty good mob doing a bloody tough job. They recognise the difference between a clown with a Chinese 'samurai sword' and a collector wanting to do the right thing. Societies and clubs care about members and maintaining the good reputation of the fraternity, so want to see the right thing done.