Responsibility for firearms is shared between the Australian, state and territory governments. A number of agreements have resulted in national standards for the control of firearms in Australia. These include the:
Ownership, licensing and use of firearms – Owning and using a firearm is limited in Australia to people who have a genuine reason.
Importing firearms – Depending on what you want to import, you will need to get permission from this department, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service or your state or territory firearms registry.
Exporting firearms – For information on exporting firearms, contact the Defence Export Control Office or the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Australia and international firearm issues - The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade leads Australia’s international work on firearm issues.
State and territory firearms contacts – Information on firearms including licences, registration, ownership, safety training, storage standards, compliance and the sale of firearms is available through your state and territory firearms contacts.
Firearms and Weapons Policy Working Group – This group aims to help develop national and consistent policy on firearms and weapons-related issues that are common to all jurisdictions.
Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council – The Council operated between July 2013 until November 2013. During this time it provided advice to government relating to schedule 6 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the ‘Regulations’), firearms issues of national importance, emerging firearms technology and other matters upon request.
Following the Australian Government’s announcement on 8 November 2013 to abolish or rationalise a number of non-statutory bodies, the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council has closed. The closure of this group is a whole-of-government decision that was taken to simplify and streamline the business of government.
Public consultation – We consult formally and informally with a wide variety of stakeholders, committees and working groups as well as the general public to develop policy and ensure national consistency among states and territories. We also consult with the public on any proposed changes to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.