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Australia. 2016 ‘Contemporary Diversion Methods - Failure to Reconcile Transfers.’ Illicit Firearms in Australia, p. 11. Canberra: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. 21 October
Failure to Reconcile Transfers
Each Australian jurisdiction maintains a separate firearm registry, and dealers and individual licence holders are required to advise the appropriate registry when they dispose of or receive a firearm from interstate. The accuracy of jurisdictional and, therefore, national records is adversely affected if the record of a firearm transfer may not be promptly reconciled by the receiving jurisdiction.
It is possible that a small number of firearms may continue to be diverted through a failure to reconcile firearm transfers. This observation is supported by the FTP results, which found this method of diversion accounted for only 1 per cent of all firearms traced in 2015–16. This figure is likely to incorporate firearms that had been diverted in this manner outside of the reporting period.
[FTP = National Firearms Trace Program]