Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
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
General storage requirements…
State-issued firearms are stored in highly secure storage at the particular police station concerned. Strict accountability processes are maintained, recording all details and audit all weapons stored on a regular basis. Most jurisdictions do not allow police officers to store state-issued firearms outside of the police station.
As police firearms are owned by the government, retiring officers are not able to retain their firearms.
Some jurisdictions allow police officers in limited circumstances to possess the firearm outside of duty, such as members of an on-call Special Operations Force. In these circumstances, storage facilities which meet all minimum safety requirements are installed by the state government.
Generally, firearms for official police use are imported directly from the manufacturers, bypassing product importers and agents. They are cleared through the Australian Customs Service directly into the relevant police armoury. These firearms are then inspected, and registered before being issued personally to sworn members of the police force. Regular audits, inspections and servicing are conducted.