Weapons on Campus

Weapons on Campus


The Weapons on Campus Procedure establishes the responsibilities of staff and students when identifying a prohibited weapon on campus, and for obtaining authorisation to carry a prohibited weapon.



To outline responsibilities when identifying a prohibited weapon on campus, and for obtaining authorisation to carry a prohibited weapon.


This procedure requires actions by the following: DEFINITION
Prohibited weapon: any weapon described in the Weapons    Prohibition Act 1998 (NSW), Schedule 1.

Staff Member/ Student

Do not approach a person    carrying a weapon under any circumstances.

If you find or identify a prohibited weapon on campus, contact Security Services and provide as much identifying information as possible, for example, any of the following:
  • description of weapon
  • if appropriate, details of person carrying         weapon, including:
  • age
  • height    and weight
  • hair    colour
  • ethnicity
  • clothing
  • location
  • building    number
  • room    number
  • your    contact details.
Campus Security Officer

When notified of the presence of a prohibited weapon, contact NSW Police and request    assistance.

Staff Member / Student

You may seek approval to carry a prohibited weapon from the Manager, Campus Security. Exemptions may be granted for the following:
  • sporting goods (e.g. archery and fencing         equipment) that could be considered dangerous weapons if used         inappropriately.
    • These may be brought to or stored on campus provided:
    • the University has approved the activity for which they    are to be used in advance, and has allocated an appropriate facility for its    conduct, and
    • appropriate, safe and secure storage is available and    the equipment is secured within its designated storage space when not in use    for the approved purpose, and
    • such equipment is not in the possession of individuals    when they are not using it for the approved purpose.
  • domestic    utensils and professional tools of trade (e.g. kitchen knives, Stanley knife, nail gun).    These are exempt when the tools are used for their professional purposes on    University premises by persons who are qualified and authorised to use them.
  • weapons used    for religious purposes. These are exempt if a prohibited weapon is    required to be for worn for religious observances and if custody complies    with the conditions of the “Custody of knife in public place or school”    (Section 11C of the Summary    Offenses Act, 1988 (NSW).
You may apply in writing for an exemption by:
  • providing sufficient    details to enable the Manager, Campus Security to make a reasonable    determination
  • including a risk assessment and management    strategy (with the exception of requests for exemption on religious grounds).
Manager, Campus Security

Review an application for exemption and approve as appropriate.

Procedure Information

Contact OfficerManager, Health and Safety
Date Approved12 October 2011
Approval Authority

Vice-President, University Services and Strategy

Date of Commencement12 October 2011
Amendment History

9 August 2019 - Updated Approval Authority from Manager, Health and Safety to Vice-President, University Services and Strategy in accordance with responsibilities per Delegations of Authority Register.

Date for Next ReviewOctober 2014
Related Documents

Health and Safety Policy

Summary    Offenses Act, 1988 (NSW)
Weapons    Prohibition Act 1998 (NSW), Schedule 1
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