Licensing & security

The licensing and security of firearms varies in each Australian state and territory and there are some basic criteria laid down for shooters in all states and territories to adhere to. These basic regulations require a licensed firearm owner to always secure their firearms as per their state regulations. Failing to do this may attract heavy penalties. Random checks by state police are conducted to make sure licensed holders are complying with the Act of their state. To read about the correct licensing and safe storage of firearms in your area, check the state-specific information below.

Firearms licensing & registration departments
Legislation summary Registry phone Registry fax Registry website Registry email
ACT 02 6133 2122 02 6133 2188 ACT Firearms Registry
New South Wales 1300 362 562 02 6670 8558 NSW Police Firearms Registry
Northern Territory 08 8922 3543 08 8922 3540 NT Firearms Policy & Records Unit
Queensland 07 3015 7777 07 3015 7788 Qld Weapons Licensing Branch
South Australia 08 7322 3346 08 7322 4182 SA Firearms Branch
Tasmania 03 6173 2720 03 6230 2765 Tas Police Firearms Services
Victoria 1300 651 645 03 9247 6485 Vic Licensing & Regulation Division
Western Australia 1300 171 011 08 9454 1522 WA Police Licensing Services

Safe storage articles
Secure your gun, secure your sport brochure
Wet hands and damp safes by Con Kapralos
The value of a good gun cabinet by Bruno Pollini
Safe gun storage - gun safe installation by Craig Richards

Carrying firearms and ammunition on flights
Qantas      Virgin Blue    Regional Express (Rex) Jetstar

Importing or exporting firearms in Australia
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - Importing firearms and weapons
Australia Post International - Firearm and firearm parts in outbound international mail

Firearms identification Legal information
SA Police - Search for a stolen firearm Australasian Legal Information Institute
Victoria Police - Identify your firearm World Legal Information Institute

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