Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Sawyer » 07 Feb 2020, 3:30 pm

Nah mate unfortunately that’s another week gone by with no ID check. I’ve got nothing to worry about in terms of it being rejected so I have no idea what’s taking so long. Wouldn’t be surprised if I hit the 12 week mark without one, kinda sucks.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 07 Feb 2020, 3:38 pm

Same boat here. 8 weeks now and no email. I applied 10 days before you Sawyer, so no doubt you’ll get your ID check before me!
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Sawyer » 07 Feb 2020, 4:02 pm

Oh wow, yeah it’s pretty annoying. It doesn’t even seem to be processed in the order they’re received so you never know. Have you given them a ring to see if you can get any info out of them?
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 07 Feb 2020, 4:07 pm

I haven’t bothered. From the sounds of things on here it’s not really worth it until 12 weeks, it’s not as if they are going to fast track it for me!
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Zerk » 11 Feb 2020, 1:04 pm

12 weeks today since I put in my Cat H application. Have had an AB for 10 years.
Submitted 19th Nov 2019.
Nothing heard yet.

Update: I rang them straight after posting here. I talked to a nice bloke who told me it had been accessed and only a couple of more checks to go. He couldn't tell me a time frame.

Approval email arrived on the following Friday.
PTA approval email arrived on the Monday.

Crossed fingers the card will be in the mail this week.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 11 Feb 2020, 3:25 pm

9.5 weeks for me.
Zerk, your post instils no hope in me whatsoever.
Am curious to hear what happens after you call them.
Best of luck.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Macross » 11 Feb 2020, 3:27 pm

Zerk wrote:12 weeks today since I put in my Cat H application. Have had an AB for 10 years.
Submitted 19th Nov 2019.
Nothing heard yet.

Time to jump on the phone and give them a nudge. I was in the same boat and waited till week 12. Called and the guy says something along the lines of "oh that's weird... your documents haven't been associated..." He 'fixes' something up in the system and got the ball rolling again.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Macross » 11 Feb 2020, 3:31 pm

Reverse wrote:9.5 weeks for me.
Zerk, your post instils no hope in me whatsoever.
Am curious to hear what happens after you call them.
Best of luck.

I know nothing I say will make the wait any better mate... but hang in there and ride it out :D As soon as you hit 12 weeks give them a polite call and mention you've not seen anything from them yet.... it will take a few weeks after that until your plastic arrives in the mail for sure.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by rc42 » 12 Feb 2020, 7:49 am

This is depressing reading, I submitted my Cat H application just over a month ago so was hoping to hear something back soon but now it seems that it could be another couple of months of nothing before I have to chase them.

I'ts a pity that the only efficient part of WLB is the one that takes your money.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Sawyer » 12 Feb 2020, 12:34 pm

rc42 wrote:I'ts a pity that the only efficient part of WLB is the one that takes your money.


Hahah you got that right. I just wish they could give us some sort of indication as to what’s happening so I don’t have to chase them on the 12th week just for them to say something like “oh yeah sorry about that”
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by jay76 » 14 Feb 2020, 9:52 am

I don't like the waiting :(

Application submitted online 30/12/19
I/D Check Completed 30/01/2020
Waiting on Approval Email
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 14 Feb 2020, 5:11 pm

Hi Jay76,

Was your application for cat h or a/b?
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by jay76 » 14 Feb 2020, 5:13 pm

A and B mate
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 14 Feb 2020, 5:17 pm

Right. That seems to be the only difference I can see in the wait times.
I’m at 10 weeks for cat h and haven’t had my id check yet.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by jay76 » 14 Feb 2020, 5:24 pm

I would call them
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by rc42 » 14 Feb 2020, 9:07 pm

Reverse wrote:Right. That seems to be the only difference I can see in the wait times.
I’m at 10 weeks for cat h and haven’t had my id check yet.


Are you a Cat A/B holder already?

I heard at my pistol club today that the initial 28 day wait period isn't (or shouldn't be) applied to new Cat H applications if you already hold A/B.
I think it means A/B holders can get processed in 8/9 weeks rather than 12/13
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 14 Feb 2020, 9:16 pm

Hi rc42,

No other licences for me mate, this is my first.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by StraightWhiteMale » 15 Feb 2020, 4:49 pm

Applied for my A/B on Febuary 3rd and put in 3 PTA’s straight away. Still awhile to go.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Zerk » 18 Feb 2020, 9:58 pm

Update: I rang them straight after posting here. I talked to a nice bloke who told me it had been accessed and only a couple of more checks to go. He couldn't tell me a time frame.

Approval email arrived on the following Friday.
PTA approval email arrived on the Monday.

So in the 13th week I got my approval.
Card arrived 6 working days later.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Zerk » 18 Feb 2020, 10:01 pm

Reverse wrote:9.5 weeks for me.
Zerk, your post instils no hope in me whatsoever.
Am curious to hear what happens after you call them.
Best of luck.


Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. I have updated my post with the outcome.

Looks like they are taking the full 12/13 weeks.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Sawyer » 19 Feb 2020, 5:38 am

That’s awesome Zerk. It’s a shame they make you wait the whole 12 weeks but it’s only a few more for me and hopefully I’ll get the same outcome.

Also did you ever get an ID check? I’m at 9 weeks and I’m still yet to receive an email
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Zerk » 19 Feb 2020, 9:07 am

Sawyer wrote:That’s awesome Zerk. It’s a shame they make you wait the whole 12 weeks but it’s only a few more for me and hopefully I’ll get the same outcome.

Also did you ever get an ID check? I’m at 9 weeks and I’m still yet to receive an email


I am pretty excited and cant wait to shoot without a stand behind.

No ID check at all.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by mrmef » 23 Feb 2020, 10:40 am

I applied for my Cat A/B on 19/12/19 and was sent an ID check email on 28/1/20 which I completed the next day.

Haven’t heard anything since.

So will be 10 weeks from application on Thursday.

And I was told by my weapons safety course instructor that this is usually the quickest time of year to get your licence.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by FisherC » 23 Feb 2020, 10:44 pm

Mrmef WLB are literally a joke. I know good things come to those who wait but they are so understaffed and behind on their work that it’s almost unbearable. I applied for my A&B on the 23/12/19 and am in the same boat as you, so I’m extremely interested in when your successful email comes through. Be sure to keep us updated. Cheers
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by jay76 » 25 Feb 2020, 9:19 am

I am one week behind you two. Put mine in on the 30/12/19
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by StraightWhiteMale » 25 Feb 2020, 12:01 pm

Today is day 22 since my application for A/B!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Reverse » 25 Feb 2020, 12:04 pm

I’m on day 79 for Cat H!! Radio silence from WLB.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by StraightWhiteMale » 25 Feb 2020, 3:27 pm

I was just reading the weapons regulation 2016 and division 2 section 10 “Waiting period before application for licence can be decided” states.

For section 15(1) of the Act, the period is—
(a)
for an application for a licence other than a visitor’s licence—

(i) until the end of the 28th day after the application was lodged;


So in an ideal world with a efficient public service the application should be granted in 28 days. However because it says “can be decided” not “must be decided” they can take as long as they like. But we must pay instantly?
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by Rwd22 » 26 Feb 2020, 7:36 pm

StraightWhiteMale wrote:I was just reading the weapons regulation 2016 and division 2 section 10 “Waiting period before application for licence can be decided” states.

For section 15(1) of the Act, the period is—
(a)
for an application for a licence other than a visitor’s licence—

(i) until the end of the 28th day after the application was lodged;


So in an ideal world with a efficient public service the application should be granted in 28 days. However because it says “can be decided” not “must be decided” they can take as long as they like. But we must pay instantly?


Try not to do your head in too much mate, the waiting game is a killer. But what you have quoted essentially says that they will not review your application until a minimum 28 days after lodged application. They still need to ID check, Vet you etc in the application process, before they make a decision.

There is a 28 day wait period relating to your first PTA also, but this should be sorted given the fact that you have submitted your PTA/s with your case ID.

These are in place to discourage someone applying for a license and acquiring their first firearm with the intention of doing something unreasonable, giving them time to cool down, if you catch my drift.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Apr-Jun 2019

Post by rc42 » 26 Feb 2020, 11:58 pm

StraightWhiteMale wrote:So in an ideal world with a efficient public service the application should be granted in 28 days. However because it says “can be decided” not “must be decided” they can take as long as they like. But we must pay instantly?


The legislation defines the minimum wait time before WLB are permitted to even begin consideration of any application, the maximum wait time is not defined, neither is the maximum processing time.

WLB policy says to give them at least 12 weeks before calling to check progress so they clearly have an internal 'target' to try to complete new license application processing within 12 weeks. They can, however, take 12 years if they want to.
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