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Australia. 2016 ‘Australian Firearms Information Network.’ CrimTrac Annual Report 2015–2016, pp. 65-66. Canberra: CrimTrac. 27 September

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Australian Firearms Information Network

We are developing the Australian Firearms Information Network—a new service that will allow police and other enforcement agencies to access detailed and accurate information on known firearms across Australia.

The Australian Firearms Information Network will improve the quality of data presented to stakeholders who manage the possession and use of firearms within the Australian community. This will help to inform firearm registration and regulatory decision-making.

The service will be underpinned by the National Firearms Identification Database and complement the Australian Ballistic Information Network. We undertook a data cleansing exercise to help ready the National Firearms Identification Database data for the Australian Firearms Information Network.

The Australian Firearms Information Network will enable police and other law enforcement agencies to view a firearm's transactions through its lifecycle—from import or manufacture for sale in Australia through to export or destruction.

The system will hold information from existing firearm management systems managed by Commonwealth, state and territory agencies. In 2014–15, the Australian Firearms Information Network was referred to as the National Firearms Interface project.

Key facts: Australian Firearms Information Network

Outcome: The Australian Firearms Information Network will amalgamate all firearm records from police, immigration and border protection, to enable a single lifecycle view. It will provide sophisticated searching and the matching of similar records, alerting police, immigration and border protection to information gaps or patterns.

Scheduled delivery: October 2016

Budget: $5.27 million

Status: User acceptance testing has been completed ahead of the October 2016 release date. We will provide training to partner agencies in September 2016.

ID: Q13158

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