What can I have a licence for?
You can make application for a licence for any of the following purposes:-
- sports or target shooting
- recreational shooting
- an occupational requirement, including an occupational requirement for rural purposes
- collector of weapons
- a military re-enactment or historical demonstration
- for a sporting organisation to possess a firearm to start sporting events
- for a theatrical organisation to possess a firearm for a theatrical production
In applying you must have a genuine reason/purpose for possession of a weapon under a weapons licence. These reasons are outlined in Section 11 of the Weapons Act 1990 and Section 7 of the Weapons Regulation 2016.
Further information on specific licence types and associated genuine reasons for these types of licences.
Can I check my eligibility before applying for a licence? Am I fit and proper to apply for a licence?
Yes you can check your eligibility before applying for a licence. The main reference when an Authorised Officer is determining whether an applicant/licence holder is a fit and proper person to be issued with a licence is Section 10B of the Weapons Act 1990.
What do I do if I want to apply for more than one type of licence?
You will need to complete a seperate application for each type of licence you require. An example of this is an applicant who wants to compete in club competition/s for firearms (rifles/shotguns) and handguns (concealable firearms).
Further information on the types of licences you may apply for.
Where do I get application forms?
The quickest way to apply for a new licence is to use the online application form and pay by Visa or Mastercard (credit or debit).
Alternatively, application forms are available for download or can be obtained at any Queensland police station. Note that applications submitted online can be processed faster as they are received at Weapons Licensing instantly.
How do I pay my application fees?
When applying online, you can pay by credit or debit card (Visa or Mastercard).
When applying by paper form, application fees are paid at your local Queensland police station when you lodge your application. Contact your local Queensland police station to ascertain the preferred method of payment.
What do I need to provide when applying for a new licence?
If you are applying online you need to answer all the questions in the online form, upload scanned copies of your supporting documents and your passport quality photograph. If you can't scan the documents and photograph you can still apply online. Just post them to Weapons Licensing as soon as you can. Make sure you write your name and reference number on them so they can be linked to your application.
If you are submitting your application at a police station you need to provide:
- A completed Form 1 Application for a licence and Form 1 Annexure relevant to your genuine reason (if not applying online)
- All supporting documentation or information required to support your application (see the requirements overview for more information)
- If your licence has recently expired and you are reapplying within the six month time frame a completed QP 0415 Firearms List (with all details of any weapons previously licensed)
- A passport quality colour photo, not more than six months old, ensure your name is written on the back; and
- A copy of evidence of a completed safety course.
DON’T FORGET –
- Applications submitted online will be able to be processed faster
- The further information questions apply if you have ever been charged with an offence, regardless of what the court outcome has been
- Applicant must sign the application (when submitted on a paper form); and
- Every licence type is a separate licence application with a separate fee depending upon the genuine reason.
What genuine reason annexure is required for a new licence application?
If you are applying online your answers to questions regarding your genuine reason etc replace the need for a separate annexure.
If you are not applying online, in addition to the licence application form you will need to complete the annexure relevant to your genuine reason.
The genuine reason annexure to be supplied depends on the type of licence being applied for. If making more than one application a genuine reason annexure is to be supplied with each application.
All Form 1 Annexures are available for download.
Further information on types of licences and the relevant annexure applicable to each licence type
What do I do if I have more than one genuine need/reason for a licence?
You may have several reason/s to possess specific categories of weapon/s that can be granted on one particular licence type. When you are applying online you can only supply one genuine reason to support your application for a Weapons Licence as long as the type of licence is relevant to all your genuine reasons. If your genuine reasons require different types of licences then you will need to lodge seperate applications.
Refer to below scenario for an example where two genuine reasons would be considered for a firearms licence when making application using a paper form:-
Scenario: I want to apply for a firearms licence to shoot in club events and participate in paintball.
The above will require one application for a firearms licence (rifles/shotguns). You will have to supply both your genuine reason/s as this relates to the same type of licence. A determination will be made by the Authorised Officer from the information supplied.
If your genuine reason requires different types of licences, you will need to lodge appropriate application/s and lodge the genuine reasons with each application/s.
What is required of the applicant when proving identity?
If you apply online you will be notified to make arrangements at police station to present your identity documents. If you apply using the paper form you are rquired to take your identity documents with you when you lodge your application.
The police officer will use the 100 point identity verification used by banks (eg 1 form of photo identification - drivers licence, passport and two other documents - rates notice/phone bill/identification card).
If you are the holder of a current Weapons Act licence of another type, you are not required to supply new photographs UNLESS a period of more than three years has elapsed since you provided proof of identity, or the current licence card does not reflect an accurate likeness of you (e.g. have you grown or removed a beard since the issue of that licence).
What additional information is required when applying for a new licence if the applicant has moved from interstate or overseas?
If you are moving/have moved from overseas your weapon/s will be seized by Customs. It is advisable to make application for a Queensland weapons licence as soon as possible after your arrival in Queensland due to Australian Customs time constraints.
In addition to your application for a licence you will need to supply the following information:
- If you have been in Australia less than five (5) years you must provide a copy of your current visa
- New Zealand applicants who have been in Australia less than five (5) years are required to supply a statutory declaration regarding any criminal and/or medical history
- A copy of your current overseas licence
- A copy of the Registration Certificates in order to have the weapon/s registered to a Queensland weapons licence
- Provide a list of weapon/s you were previously licensed to possess overseas. You can use the QP 0415 Firearms List; and
- If you are applying for a concealable firearms licence for sports or target shooting, a QP518B Approved Club Declaration (Interstate or Overseas) must be included with the application for a licence.
If you are moving/have moved from interstate in addition to your application for a licence you will need to supply the following information:
- A copy of your current interstate licence
- A copy of the Registration Certificates from interstate in order to have the weapons registered to a Queensland weapons licence
- Provide a list of weapon/s you were previously licensed to possess interstate. You can use the QP 0415 Firearms List located for this.
- If applying for a concealable firearms licence for sports or target shooting a QP518B Approved Club Declaration (Interstate or Overseas) must be included with the application.
What information is required when applying for a concealable firearms licence for the purpose of sports or target shooting?
- The applicant must supply proof of being a pistol club financial member for six (6) months
- A copy of participation shoots (minimum of three 3) must be included with the application
- If a Queensland applicant, you must include a QP518A Approved club declaration (Queensland applicant) with the application
- If an interstate or overseas applicant, you must include a QP518B Approved club declaration (Interstate or Overseas applicant) with the application; and
- Applicant must be eligible to join the pistol part of a club and either have a current firearms licence or a statement of eligibility to join an approved pistol shooting club.
Why do I have to wait 28 days?
Section 10 of the Weapons Regulation 2016, stipulates the waiting period before a licence can be decided. Section 10(a)(i) of the Weapons Regulation 2016 states that the period before an Authorised Officer may decide an application for a licence is, for a licence other than a visitor’s licence, until the end of the 28th day after the application is lodged.
What happens if my application for a licence is rejected?
If the application is rejected the application fee minus $20.00 will be refunded.
Can I withdraw my application for a licence?
Yes, you can withdraw your application in writing to Weapons Licensing and the entire fee is refunded.
What’s involved in applying for a minor's licence?
In order to apply for a minor's licence you need to be 11-17 years of age. There are two recognised genuine reasons for minor's licences namely club use and occupational use. Occupational use may be granted if you live on a property and assist with the everyday operations of that property.
The following documentation is required when applying for a minor's licence:
- A letter of permission from your parents or guardians
- Proof of residency
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of evidence of a completed safety course
- Applicant must complete the online application form, or otherwise complete Form 1 - Application for a Licence and the relevant Form 1 annexure and lodge the application at a Queensland police station
- All supporting documentation required to support your genuine reason
- Payment of fees; and
- A coloured passport sized photo 3.5cm x 4.5cm, not more than 6 months old, ensuring your name is written on back.
Additional Notes for Minors:
- Licence expires on your 18th birthday
- Minors cannot have a licence for recreational shooting;
- Minors cannot acquire weapons; and
- Category A, B & H can all be on one (1) licence.
Can a minor possess firearms other than for training on an approved range?
Section 52 (1)(a)&(b) of the Weapons Act 1990 states that physical possession and use of a weapon is sometimes allowed for the purpose of training a minor. A minor who is at least 11 years may have physical possession of and use a category A or B weapon or a category M crossbow in a place where it is lawful to physically possess and use a category A or B weapon or a category M crossbow if the minor is under the direct and immediate supervision of a parent, guardian or another person who is acting in the place of a parent or guardian and the parent, guardian or other person is licensed to possess the weapon.
I intend to go paintball shooting; do I need a licence first?
No, you do not need a licence to shoot paintballs providing you are participating in paintball sports at an approved paintball gallery.
If you wish to acquire a paintball marker/gun you will need to have a licence suitably endorsed.
Can I import paintball guns/markers?
If you wish to import a paintball marker/gun you will need to follow the Permit to Acquire process and also make application for an importation of weapons police confirmation (B709A, B or D – Import Permit).
How do I apply for a new licence for Paintball shooting?
- You must complete the online application form and pay online, or otherwise complete Form 1 - Application for a Licence and lodge and pay for the application at your local Queensland police station
- You need to supply proof of completion of a safety course for Category A weapons
- You need to supply a letter from paint ball club advising that you participate in paint pellet sports
- If you are an employee you need to supply a letter from the paint ball club advising that you are employed at the paint ball field; and
- You need to supply a passport sized coloured photo, not more than six months old, ensuring your name has been endorsed on the back.
Notes for Paintball:
- Licence can be issued for an employee or attendance.
- Paint ball weapons can only be used at paint ball ranges/fields.
- Licence will be issued for Category A Paintball firearms only.
Do I need a licence for a crossbow?
Yes, a crossbow is deemed to be a Category M weapon and needs to be licensed accordingly.
The application to be lodged is for a Miscellaneous Licence.
Additional Notes for Miscellaneous Licence Applications:
- Storage requirements for crossbows is the same as for Category A & B weapons
- If genuine reason is for recreational purposes the property must be over 20 acres
- There are six (6) approved clubs that permit Category M crossbows:
- The Peace Internal Archery Club – Rockhampton
- Tableland Company of Archers Assn Inc – Mareeba
- Twin City’s Archery Association Inc – Kirwan
- Qld Living History Federation Inc – Brisbane
- Society of Creative Anachronism Ltd – Edens Landing; and
- Mossman Archery Club Inc - Mossman.
I have extensive military experience; can I get an exemption from the safety course?
No, the legislation does not provide for exemption under these circumstances. Inquiries should be made with the training provider to determine if recognition of prior learning is appropriate. A training provider is a person who conducts weapons safety training courses.
Further information about Safety Courses.
With a recreational licence, can I shoot on properties other than the one I provide with my licence application?
Yes, you can shoot on any rural property as long as you have the property owner’s permission – not just the property you include with your application, providing you comply with the provisions of Section 56 of the Weapons Act 1990.
What is the maximum licence term for a Category D licence?
The licence period for a Category D firearm has been extended from one year to five years.
I am moving from interstate do I have to do a safety course?
No, providing you hold a current weapons licence in your previous state endorsed for the category of weapon that you wish to apply for in Queensland. You must provide copies of your interstate licence as verification.
More information on moving to Queensland.
Can an unlicensed family member use my firearm?
No. However, there are circumstances under which a person who is not licensed is eligible to be issued with a licence to possess or use a weapon. These include Sections 52, 53 and 54 of the Weapons Act 1990.
Re-applying for the same category of licence within twelve months of expiry
If you were the holder of one of the following type of licences (Collector’s Licence (Heirloom), Collector’s Licence (Weapons), Concealable Firearms Licence, Firearms Licence or Minor’s Licence) and your previous licence expired within the last twelve months you can re-apply without having to complete a safety course providing the previous licence was no longer in force and had not been suspended or revoked under the Act.
Moving from interstate
Once you take up permanent residency, you must apply for a Queensland Weapons Licence. Section 33 of the Weapons Act 1990 applies to interstate residents moving to Queensland.
For Category A, B or M weapons, you have a 3 month period in which to make an application for a Queensland firearms licence.
For Category C, D or H weapons, you have 7 days.
These timeframes commence when you take up permanent residency in Queensland.
Further information on moving from Interstate.