The Victorian Firearms Safety Foundation.

The Firearm Safety Foundation was formed in 2008.

The formation of the Foundation was the result of several years of lobbying by a number of the state’s shooting organisations who believed that an independent body was required to provide advice to the Government on firearms safety training matters and to work with the Government to address a number of areas where training was of poor quality or worse still, unavailable.

The objectives of the Foundation are defined in the Foundation's Funding Deed.  They are:

  • to provide education and training to community groups, local government and shooting organisations on hunting and firearm safety across Victoria in order to reduce the incidence of accidental injury or death arising from the discharge of firearms: and
  • to promote awareness and understanding in the general community of the need for hunting and firearm safety.

The initial obligations of the Foundation were defined in the Funding Deed and were to complete:

  • Stock take of all existing general and specific Firearm related training in Victoria;
  • Identification and documentation of key risk areas in firearm safety across Victoria;
  • Development of safety awareness training and provision of education materials to appropriate groups in the Victorian community;
  • Development of safety awareness content for school age children in Victoria.

The Foundation is governed by a seven member board, each of whom has an extensive shooting background. The board does not receive any form of remuneration.