How do I apply?
Application forms are available online.
Once you complete the form, it must be printed and lodged at a participating Australia Post outlet.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check that each field is filled out correctly and that all necessary forms are attached.
Partial or incorrect applications will not be accepted.
You will need to satisfy a 100 point proof of identification requirement.
What constitutes 100 points of ID? See Before you begin (PDF, 125kb).
An application fee is payable, please see Licence fees.
For further information about applying for a Firearm Licence please see Licence applications.
What happens next?
The information contained in your application is scanned and forwarded electronically to Police Licensing (Firearms) for processing.
How long will it take?
Whilst we endeavour to complete all licence applications in a timely manner there is no set period because of a number of factors, but not limited to:
Not to undertake these checks and balances is likely to put community safety at risk.
Note: If the application is for an ‘Original’ Firearm licence, there is a legislative mandatory 28 day waiting period, which commences after the application has been received at Police Licensing Services prior to the assessment process beginning.
After the initial 28 days, you will receive correspondence from Licensing Services Firearms requesting information which you will need to supply within another 28 days. If the information is not supplied within that time, legislation dictates that your application can not proceed.
Guidelines to obtaining a Firearm Awareness Certificate
You have to prove that there is a genuine need and/or genuine reason for the firearm you are applying for.
What is the difference between a genuine reason and a genuine need?
Genuine reason under Section 11A of the Firearms Act sets out what is accepted at a legislative level as to who or what is deemed to be considered a genuine reason for wishing to licence/possess a firearm.
Under Section 11A (2) (a)-(f) of the state’s Firearms Act 1973:
A person has a genuine reason for acquiring or possessing a firearm or ammunition if and only if -
The genuine need is based on a process of why a particular firearm is required over and above one of another type.
For guidance on genuine need please refer to Schedule 3 of the Firearms Regulations 1974.
Is the firearm I am applying for suitable for my size property?
There is no fixed property size requirement; however the application is considered and includes the calibre of the firearm being applied for. Other considerations are the size of the property and what the firearm is to be used for. For example, a high powered firearm would not be granted for an applicant wishing to shoot foxes on a 1 acre property bounded by residential areas.
Do I have to provide a letter from a property owner giving me permission to shoot on their property?
Yes, a recreational shooter under Section 11A(2)(c) of the Firearms Act 1973 requires written permission from a property owner to satisfy the genuine reason for an applicant to use a firearm for hunting or recreational shooting.
A person entitled to possess firearms or ammunition of any kind is to ensure that the firearms or ammunition are stored in accordance with the Firearms Regulations 1974.
Firearms and ammunition are to be stored in a locked cabinet or container that at least meets the specifications described in Schedule 4 or in “*such other way as is approved”.
Reference is also made to specific matters related to keys left in the cabinet, or where someone can find them as well as ammunition storage and method of fixing the cabinet or container to two immovable surfaces.
It is a requirement that an applicant for the issue of a licence or permit provide supporting advice (A Statutory Declaration and photographic evidence is required at the end of this document).
* ”in such other way as is approved” relates to specific situations where circumstances dictate that another form of security, in the opinion of the Commissioner’s delegated officer at the Licensing Enforcement Division, satisfies the criteria by providing secure storage.
For more information, see our storage page.
Under Section 19 (1) of the Firearms Act 1973 it is an it is an offence to be in possession of unlicensed firearms:
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