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Firearms import tests

​Applications are generally processed within 6-8 weeks from the date all required information is received from the applicant.

The Attorney-General's Department administers the following import tests for firearms and firearm-related articles:

To find out which import tests are relevant for the firearm or firearm related article you wish to import, refer to the Provisional classification indicator.

Firearm dealers

The dealer test is for appropriately licensed firearms dealers who wish to import category C and D firearms and/or parts, accessories and magazines relating to these firearms. The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles as a firearms dealer, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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Specified person and certified buyers

The specified person and certified buyer tests are for licensed individuals who wish to acquire category C or D firearms and/or parts to control vertebrate pests by:

  • importing the firearm(s) themselves (specified person), or
  • purchasing the firearm(s) from a licenced firearms dealer within Australia (certified buyer).

The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles as a specified person or certified buyer, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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Sports shooters

The sports shooter test is for licensed individuals who:

  • require a semi-automatic shotgun to compete in Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA) events due to a lack of strength or dexterity, or
  • owned a semi-automatic or pump-action repeating shotgun on 15 November 1996 and were also a member of the ACTA on that date.

The Australian Clay Target Association must approve the firearm you wish to import for use at their facilities and during their events before you submit an application to our department. The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles as a sports shooter, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form. Back to top 

International sports shooters

The international sports shooter test is for licensed individuals travelling to Australia for an approved clay target event. The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles as an international sports shooter, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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Returned goods

The returned goods test is for individuals who:

  • have exported a firearm from Australia and wish to import the same, unmodified firearm, or
  • wish to export a firearm from Australia and import the same, unmodified firearm.

The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles under the returned goods test, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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Official purposes (importing on behalf of government agencies)

The official purposes test is for appropriately licensed individuals who are importing articles on the behalf of government agencies. The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

This test requires the articles to be exported, destroyed, or acquired by government within a specified period. The relevant forms for this requirement are available below:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles under the official purposes test, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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Specified purposes

The specified purposes test covers the importation of firearms and firearm-related articles for:

  • film production
  • development of mountings for a laser target designator
  • ammunition, or a component of ammunition, supplied under contract to a person outside Australia
  • repairs, modification or testing, or for use in training, manufacture, assembly, research or development under a contract with an Australian or foreign government
  • sanctioned activity (foreign law enforcement/foreign military)
  • research and development where the importer's principal or sole occupation is the business of developing firearms technology or other defence and law enforcement related products, or
  • testing of ammunition manufactured in a state or territory.

The following fact sheet contains more detail about the test criteria and post import requirements:

This test requires the articles to be exported, destroyed, or acquired by government within a specified period. The relevant forms for this requirement are available below:

To import firearms or firearm-related articles under the specified purposes test, complete the Application to import firearms or firearms related articles form.

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