Unless otherwise authorised by the Weapons Act 1990, a person may conduct organised target shooting only on an approved range.
Any firearms training courses requiring the discharge of weapons must also only be conducted on an approved range for the category of weapon being used in the training course.
Shooting ranges can be approved for the purpose of sport of target shooting and training with category A, B & H weapons, category C (shotgun) weapons and category M (Crossbow) weapons.
Shooting ranges can also be used for training purposes with category C (rim fire) weapons and category D weapons.
Who can approve a range?
Only an Authorised Officer may approve a range for sports target shooting.
Who can be issued with a range approval?
A range may be approved only if the range is conducted by:
- An approved shooting club; or
- An incorporated association; or
- An entity conducting a training course approved by the Commissioner.
Applying for a range approval
To seek approval to commence a shooting range Form 15B – Application for a Shooting Range Approval or Modification must be completed and lodged at your local police station along with the required documentation and prescribed fees.
In support of your application you will need to provide:
- Details of the approved shooting club permit or incorporated association/training entity in control of the proposed range
- A locality plan of the site of the proposed range site (e.g. BLIN/Cadastral map) and surrounding area showing at least a 5 km radius to a scale of 1:25000 (Not required for an indoor shooting range application)
- A scaled, surveyed plan of the proposed site, to include the property boundary, firing point, centre line, target line and stop butt (if applicable)
- Longitudinal and cross-sectional plans detailing the height, location and nature of the devices proposed to prevent the escape of projectiles
- Where other than earth embankments are to be utilised, a large scale plan drawing of the intended construction and specifications of materials (e.g. baffles, bullet catcher, enclosures)
- The type of target system proposed (e.g. turning target, metal target, falling plate, timber, paper target)
- Photographs of the proposed range site. Aerial photographs are also preferable (in some instances may be required)
- Details and verification of the entity’s site occupation arrangements (e.g. leasing agreements, property titles or firing rights agreement for the site held by the entity). This is to include the entire danger area
- Written non-objection or approval from the local authority or council for the club to conduct the activities at the proposed range site
- Documentation from the local authority or council advising the area zoning, activities approved for the proposed area, any proposed future activities or zoning of the area (e.g. other sporting venues, housing or industrial development)
- Categories of the proposed shooting disciplines to be conducted at the range (e.g. clay target, full bore rifle, pistol, archery – clout/target) this is to include advice of match types, weapon types to be used and calibres; and
- Advice whether the range is to be used for any other purposes (e.g. training or testing firearms/crossbows).
Re-approval of your shooting range permit
Shooting range approvals are issued for 5 years. At expiry, a new application using Form 15B Application for a Shooting Range Approval or Modification is required. Applications can be lodged prior to expiry to eliminate disruption to members or competitions.