​Applying for a Firearms Licence

Ensure you are aware of the general requirements for applying for a weapons licence.

You can now apply online for a Weapons Licence, submit all the documents and pay using credit/debit Mastercard or Visa.

You can still apply for a licence using a paper application form. You will need to submit it along with the required documentation and payment at a police station.

Below you will find the supporting documentation requirements and specific information for this genuine reason. Failure to submit all the required documentation will result in delays in processing your application.

Category A & B weapons

A person may apply for a Firearms Licence for this genuine reason if they require possession and use of firearms as part of their duties as a primary producer on rural lands. To apply for Category A & B weapons only, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • Proof of address
  • Statement of Attainment for an approved weapons safety course
  • Permission, signed and dated by a property owner within the past 12 months, stating the reason why the weapons are required. If the applicant is not the property owner, the property owner should state the details of the applicant’s employment (this permission should be provided for each property the applicant intends to shoot on); and
  • Current passport quality photograph.

You might also need to supply the following:

  • If you are a lessee you must provide a copy of the lease of the property in question; and
  • If you intend to use firearms to shoot birds, you must provide a Damage Mitigation Permit from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection indicating bird problems and your authority to shoot them.

There are additional requirements if you intend to apply to possess and use Category C or D weapons. These are outlined below.

Additional requirements for Category C

In addition to the above requirements, for a licence to be endorsed for Category C weapons you must also provide:

  • Proof that the applicant has a significant feral animal/vermin infestation problem on their property and other methods of eradication such as use of Category A and B firearm or baiting have proven unsuccessful
  • A statement of how long you have owned/occupied the property and, if you do not reside on the property, how often you attend it; and
  • Details of any other Category C licence holders on the property.

Firearms Licences for Category C may be endorsed to allow the licensee to possess and use one (1) Category C rifle or shotgun. 

Consideration may be given for the possession of more than one (1) Category C rifle or shotgun if the need arises because of the area or the location of the land involved.

Unless exceptional circumstances exist, only one (1) Firearms Licence endorsed for Category C firearms will be issued for the rural land.

Additional requirements for Category D

In addition to the above requirements, for a licence to be endorsed for Category D weapons you must also provide:

  • Proof that the applicant has a significant feral animal/vermin infestation problem on their property and other methods of eradication such as use of Category A and B firearm or baiting have proven unsuccessful
  • A statement of how long you have owned/occupied the property and, if you do not reside on the property, how often you attend it
  • Details of any other Category C licence holders on the property; and
  • The proposed area of use.

These types of licences are restricted to one (1) Category D licence per property and a maximum of two (2) Category D weapons. 

This licence term has been extended from a maximum term of one (1) year to five (5) years. As a licensee it is a requirement to justify the need to hold or continue to hold a Category D licence each year on renewal.

The Category D weapon may only be used on the rural land or area stated on the licence.