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Firearms and Weapons

Introduction

The import into Australia of firearms and certain weapons is controlled by prohibitions and restrictions for the protection of the community. Customs administers the controls for these items through the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations).

The Attorney-General's Department and the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management - Police (MCPEMP) make policy decisions regarding the type of control and the items controlled.

This page contains information on the types of firearms and weapons that are controlled on import into Australia, as well as examples of firearms and weapons that are not.  A weapons list is available on this page along with relevant fact sheets and forms.

Use the quick links table before to go straight to the relevant information on this page.

Recent Changes to Weapons Import Requirements

On 13 December 2011, the Minister for Home Affairs announced that import controls on weapons would be tighter from 14 December 2011. Read his announcement here.

From 14 December 2011, more stringent import controls on non-firearm weapons will be applicable – as per the Minister’s election commitment.

If you are an importer of non-firearm weapons, these changes will effect you.  Please read the Importing Weapons information on this page very carefully as the import permission process has changed.

Importing Firearms

Firearms are subject to import controls as specified at Regulation 4F and Schedule 6 of the Regulations.  Most firearms are controlled on import into Australia and require permission to import.

Firearms are required to comply with certain requirements and conditions on, or prior to import, into Australia and these are referred to as ‘tests’.

In addition to these tests, permission to import must also be issued by the relevant permit issuing body.  The permit issuing body may be the Police or the Attorney-General’s Department or both.

The following fact sheets will assist in determining which authority you need to contact to obtain the relevant permission to import a firearm into Australia.

Firearms Fact sheets

Ammunition & Magazines Category A Firearms Category B
Firearms
Category C
Firearms
Imitation
Firearms
Handguns Self-loading, Pump Auction and Autos Paintball
Markers
Soft Air/BB Parts &
Accessories
Antique & Muzzle Loading Dealers Guide

Additional information on importing firearms can be found on the Attorney General’s Website

Importing Weapons

From 14 December 2011, weapons will be subject to import controls as specified at Schedule 13 of the Regulations.

Prior to 14 December 2011, weapons were subject to control under Regulation 4 and Schedule 2 of the Regulations and required Ministerial permission to import.

Weapons are now required to comply with certain requirements and conditions on, or prior to, import into Australia and these are referred to as ‘tests’.

In addition to these tests, permission to import must also be issued by the relevant permit issuing body.  The permit issuing body may be the Police or Customs and Border Protection.

Some weapons are subject to the Police certification test. Weapons subject to the Police certification test do not require written permission to import from Customs and Border protection, however, they do require Police approval in the form of a B709B Form - Importation of Weapons - Police Certification under the Police certification test.

The table below gives an overview of the permit issuing agency relevant to certain goods and the tests subject to those goods (note, goods are subject to one of the tests specified, not all).

     

Goods Type Permit Issuing Body Tests
Daggers
Blowpipes and darts
Nunchakus
Crossbows and parts
Slingshots and parts
Star knives
Throwing knives
Throwing blades
Throwing spikes
Police Police Certification Test (B709B Form)
Items of warfare Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Collectors and Non-Government Museum Test
Hand-held shock devices and parts
Hand held acoustic devices
Hand-held gas and liquid devices and parts
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Body armour
Protective clothing
(including plates and plate carriers
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Specified Person Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Historical Items Test
Extendable batons and parts
Laser pointers
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Specified Person Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Ballistic knives and parts
Automatic knives and parts
Single handed opening knives and parts
Concealed knives
Concealed blades
Concealed spikes
Sheath knives and parts
Push knives
Trench knives and parts
Non-metallic and non-ceramic knives
Butterfly knives and parts.
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Knuckledusters
Gloves with protrusions
Hand and foot claws
Weighted gloves
Dart projectors and parts
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Maces
Flails
Customs and Border Protection Official Purposes Test
Specified Purposes Test
Dealer Test
Returned Goods Test
Historical Items Test
Anti-Personnel sprays, chemicals,
grenades and canisters
Customs and Border Protection N/A

Note: this is an overview only, for a full description of each weapon controlled on import, please view Schedule 13 of the Regulations. Some of these items may also be subject to the public or national interest test which is applicable in very limited circumstances.

Weapons Fact Sheets

pdf Import & Export Controls on Weapons

Test Fact Sheets pdf

Police Certification
Test
Official Purposes
Test
Specified Purposes
Test
Specified Person
Test
Dealer Test Returned Goods
Test
Collectors & Non-Goverment
Museum Test
Deactivation Guide for
Warfare Goods
Historical Items Test
(Coming Soon)

Forms

pdf Form B710 Application for Permission to Import Schedule 3 and 13 weapons

pdf Form B711 Evidence of End Use/Purposes for Import of Schedules 3 and 13 Weapons

Defence Export Control Office - Download Defence Export Permit Application and Restricted Goods Permit (RGP) Application

Form B709C - Dealer's Declaration (Category C and D Firearms)

Form B1249 - Acknowledgement of Aquisition by End User - Weapons

Contact Information

Contact details of the police firearms and weapons registries and the Attorney-General's Department can be found on the following fact sheet.

Firearms and weapons information contacts

Futher information can be obtained from the Customs Information and Support Centre via email at information@customs.gov.au or by calling 1300 363 263.

Common Weapons List

The table below gives examples of items that may and may not be captured under the Regulations by weapons category. Please note this is an example list of weapons only, not a comprehensive guide. To enquire further, you should contact the Customs Information and Support Centre.

If you wish to import a weapons not subject to import controls, you should contact the Firearms/Weapons Registry of your State/Territory Police Service to determine any requirements they might have on the possession of an item.

Please Note: Some firearms and weapons articles are restricted or prohibited for carriage through the international mail system. For further details please see the Australia Post website.

Most firearms are controlled on import into Australia and require permission to import.  

Category Items that ARE or MAY BE subject to control Items that are NOT subject to control
Firearms & Related Goods paintball guns; bb guns; soft air firearms; rifles; handguns; shotguns; muzzle loading firearms; replicas; imitation firearms; toy firearms; pistols; ammunition; parts; accessories; components; nailing and stapling guns; explosive-powered fixing tools; flare guns, or other signaling devices, designed for emergency or life-saving purposes; line-throwers; hand-operated devices that use blank cartridges to propel objects for retrieval in connection with the training of dogs; tranquilliser guns; guns that operate a captive bolt for the slaughter of animals; devices for the casting of weighted nets; sidewall core guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both and expandable casing perforation guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both.
Bladed Weapons tomahawks; throwing axes; throwing blades; throwing knives; spikes; kirpan; sword sticks; sword canes; daggers; double edged knives; bagh nakh; balisong; billao; belawa; cinquedea; corvo; dirk; fairbairn-sykes knife; jambiya; kalis; katara; khanjar; khanjali; kris; pata; punyal; rondel dagger; sgian dubh; sica; ballistic knives; knives that discharge a projectile; flick knives; stiletto knives; assisted opening knives, one hand opening knives; umbrella swords; star knives; shuriken; sheath knives; push knives; push dagger; fist knife; t-handle knife; katara or suwaiya; battle axes; trench knife; karambit; kerambit; butterfly swords; push spikes; standard kitchen knives; single edge swords; traditional samurai and katana swords; bayonets designed to be fitted to a firearm; two handed opening knives; rubber training knives; multi tools; stanly knives; khukri; kukri; bowie knives; machete; spears; spear heads; bolo; dao; iaito; jian; kopis;
Martial Arts star knives; shuriken; spiked kubotan; kusari fundo; ninja stars; chinese stars; nunchaku; three-sectional staff; triple staff; three-art staff; sansetsukon; sanjiegun; chain whip; knuckleduster; knuckleduster purse; knuckleduster handbag; knuckleduster bag; knuckleduster clutch; knuckleduster phone case; sai; jitte; single edge swords; traditional samurai and katana swords; eskrima; arnis; kali; hanbo; jo; shillelagh; tambo; tonfa; yari; bo; bokken; kama; bokken; sjambok; iaito;
Sporting Weapons crossbows; pistol crossbows; blowpipes; blowguns; blow darts; darts; shark darts; spears; spearheads; compound bows and general archery equipment such as bows and arrows (crossbows are controlled);
Law Enforcement & Military tanks; military vehicles; body armour; protective armour; protective vests; tactical vests; training armour; ballistic helmets; protective helmets; large calibre munitions; launchers; grenades; taser; tazar; shock torches; inert grenades; ammunition; trench art; shell casings; motorcycle helmets; bike or bicycle helmets; replica grenades; non military armoued vehicles; plastic greandes;
Anti-Personnel Weapons pepper spray; mace; capsaicin; defender spray; riot control items; stink bombs;
Laser Pointers laser pointers; laser pens; laser torches; large scale lasers such as the Arctic, Lunar, Krypton and Inferno; laser sights for use with items of warfare; laser modules; laser diodes; laser lighting; laser sights for firearms (excluding those for use with large calibre items of warfare); laser bore sighters; medical lasers (excluding those the same in appearance as a laser pointer or pen); surveying and construction lasers; laser guns (other than those captured as firearms or imitation firearms); laser range finders;