The law says you can't carry, possess, or use a weapon, including guns, knives and other weapons and “dangerous goods”, to hurt people or to defend yourself. If the knife is defined in the Federal Prohibited Imports Regulations 1956 and is not defined in your state's Prohibited Weapons List and is available for import with a police certification test, you can purchase it in Australia or import it from abroad by filling out a Form B709B or printing it out a Form B709X. Sheath knife Australian police define them as “a knife that has a sheath that is removed on its handle by gravity or centrifugal force or if pressure is applied to a button, spring or device connected to or that forms part of the sheath, handle or blade of the knife. A Bowen knife belt or any other similar item consisting of a belt or belt buckle that conceals or disguises within the article a knife or a single-edged or multi-edged blade or point of any length or of any material.
O) knife belt means a belt or similar article (e.g., a Bowen knife belt), designed to hold a knife, dagger or similar instrument such that the presence of the knife, dagger or instrument is concealed or disguised when the belt or article is worn;. Examples of Subsection (d) 2 A person may carry a knife or a Swiss army knife for use for normal utility purposes. You can have any folding and fixed blade knife that is NOT included in the Prohibited Weapons List (or Category M Weapons for Queenslanders) in your state. If the knife you want to obtain is not defined in the Federal Prohibited Import Regulations 1956 and is not on your state's Prohibited Weapons List, you can obtain that knife from abroad or from Australia.
It is a reasonable excuse to physically possess a knife for lawful activity, duty, or employment; to participate in lawful entertainment, recreation, or sport, to display the knife, or to use it for a lawful purpose. Queensland legislation is the only legislation that allows a Swiss army knife or a utility knife. But what about a small knife? Is it legal to carry a pocket knife in Australia for self-defense? We're going to find out.