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Australia. 2008 ‘Accounting for Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 6. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 July

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General storage requirements

The Australian and State and Territory governments have agreed on national standards for the security and storage of firearms.

The storage standard varies according to the type and number of firearm being stored. Sanctions are imposed on individuals and state agents who fail to meet safe storage requirements which can include revocation of licenses, seizure of firearms, fines or other judicial approved penalties or, in the case of state agents, internal disciplinary action.

Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) maintains strict accountability processes for its weapons. ADF firearms storage and armoury security remains key issues for the Australian Government. Strict control measures apply to military weapons, munitions and explosives. Weapons are individually numbered and tracked, and are stored securely in Defence establishments.

All weapons are stored securely in Defence establishments, registered and subject to strict accounting procedures, including an annual census supervised by the Defence Materiel Organisation and reviewed by the Defence Inspector General's Office. The aim of each census is to account for 100 percent of weapons.

Thorough investigation procedures are in place for investigations into the loss, theft or attempted theft of weapons, ammunition and explosives. Control measures on the employment of military small arms are enforced on operations through Rules of Engagement and Orders for Opening Fire.

The Department of Defence operates an inventory management system that details the unit or establishment holding each weapon by weapon type and serial number. All stored weapons, including privately owned, innocuous, drill purpose and display weapons, are checked on a fortnightly basis.

Defence regularly reviews operational stock levels against capability requirements. This analysis provides the basis for ongoing provisioning and determination of any potential surplus.

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