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2015

December

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Firearms and Other Weapons) Regulation 2015

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Firearms and Other Weapons) Regulation 2015 came into effect on 15 December 2015. This amends the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 to streamline certain processes for the lawful importation of certain firearms and weapons under specific circumstances. More information about the amendment is available at Department of Immigration and Border Protection Notice 2015/40 (289KB PDF).

The amendment can be accessed on the ComLaw website.

August

Amendment for high capacity lever action shotguns

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Firearms and Firearm Magazines) Regulation 2015 came into effect on 7 August 2015. This amendment puts in place a temporary prohibition on the importation of lever action shotguns with a capacity greater than five (5) rounds and their magazines. However the importation controls on lever action shotguns with a capacity of five (5) rounds or less, and their magazines, will remain the same.

The amendment can be accessed on the ComLaw website

July

New Firearms and Weapons forms

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations) provide a list of goods that are controlled on importation into Australia. In order to expedite clearance of goods as they arrive in Australia, two new forms have been approved for use by Police representatives, the B709X and B709DA forms.

Importing / exporting firearms

Most firearms require permission to be imported. Firearms must comply with certain requirements and conditions on, or prior to import, into Australia and these are referred to as 'tests'.

In addition to these tests, permission to import must also be issued by the relevant permit issuing body. The permit issuing body can be the Police or the Attorney-General’s Department or both.

Firearms fact sheets

The following fact sheets will help in determining which authority you need to contact to obtain the relevant permission to import a firearm into Australia.

Importing weapons

Weapons must comply with certain requirements and conditions on, or prior to, import into Australia and these are referred to as 'tests'.

In addition to these tests, permission to import must also be issued by the relevant permit issuing body. The permit issuing body can be the Police or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Some weapons are subject to the Police certification test. Weapons subject to the Police certification test do not require written permission to import from the Department, however, they do require Police approval under this test in the form of either a B709B Form - Importation of Weapons - Police Certification, or a B709X Form – Ongoing Importation of Weapons Police Confirmation No Licence Required.

The table below gives an overview of the tests applicable to those weapons and weapon parts.

Note: The importation of these weapons and weapon parts are subject to one of the tests specified, not all.

ItemWeapons and
weapon parts
Applicable tests
1Warfare Goods
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • collectors and non-government museum test
  • returned goods test
1ACombat Vehicles
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • returned goods test
  • Collectors and non-government museum test
2Daggers
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
3 & 4Shock Devices & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
5Acoustic Devices
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
6Gas/Liquid Devices
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
7Blow-guns & Blow-pipes
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
8Darts
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
9Nunchakus
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
10 & 11Crossbows & Parts
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
12 & 13Ballistic Knives & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
14 & 15Automatic Knives & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
18Knuckledusters
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
19Gloves with Protrusions
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
20Concealed Blades
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
21 & 22Sling shots and Parts
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
23Star Knives
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
24 & 25Sheath Knives & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
26Push Knives
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
27 & 28Trench Knives & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
29Throwing Blades, Knives, Axes
  • police certification test (B709B Form or B709X Form)
30Non-Metallic Knives
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
31Hand and Foot Claws
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
32Weighted Gloves
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
33 & 34Butterfly Knives and Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
35 & 36Shark Darts and Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
37 & 38Darts Projectors & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
39 Maces
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
  • historical test
40Flails
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
  • historical test
41Body Armour
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • specified person test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
  • historical test
42 & 43Extendable Batons & Parts
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • specified person test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
44Laser Pointers
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • specified person test
  • dealer test
  • returned goods test
45Anti-Personnel Sprays
  • official purposes test
  • specified purposes test
  • specified person test
  • returned goods test
  • dealer test

Note: this is an overview only, for a full description of each weapon controlled on import, view Schedule 13 of the Regulations. Some of these items might also be subject to the public or national interest test which is applicable in very limited circumstances.

Weapons fact sheets

Test fact sheets

Forms

Common weapons list

The table below gives examples of items that night and might not be captured under the Regulations by weapons category.
Note: this is an example list of weapons only, not a comprehensive guide.

If you want to import a weapon not subject to import controls, you should contact the Firearms/Weapons Registry of your State/Territory Police Service to determine any requirements they might have on the possession of an item.
Note: Some firearms and weapons articles are restricted or prohibited for carriage through the international mail system. For further details see the Australia Post website.

Most firearms are controlled on import into Australia and require permission to import.  

CategoryItems that are or might be subject to controlItems that are NOT subject to control
Firearms & Related Goodspaintball guns; bb guns; soft air firearms; rifles; handguns; shotguns; muzzle loading firearms; replicas; imitation firearms; toy firearms; pistols; ammunition; parts; accessories; components nailing and stapling guns; explosive-powered fixing tools; flare guns, or other signalling devices, designed for emergency or life-saving purposes; line-throwers; hand-operated devices that use blank cartridges to propel objects for retrieval in connection with the training of dogs; tranquilliser guns; guns that operate a captive bolt for the slaughter of animals; devices for the casting of weighted nets; sidewall core guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both and expandable casing perforation guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both.
Bladed Weaponstomahawks; throwing axes; throwing blades; throwing knives; spikes; kirpan; sword sticks; sword canes; daggers; double edged knives; bagh nakh; balisong; billao; belawa; cinquedea; corvo; dirk; fairbairn-sykes knife; jambiya; kalis; katara; khanjar; khanjali; kris; pata; punyal; rondel dagger; sgian dubh; sica; ballistic knives; knives that discharge a projectile; flick knives; stiletto knives; assisted opening knives, one hand opening knives; umbrella swords; star knives; shuriken; sheath knives; push knives; push dagger; fist knife; t-handle knife; katara or suwaiya; battle axes; trench knife; karambit; kerambit; butterfly swords; push spikes standard kitchen knives; single edge swords; traditional samurai and katana swords; bayonets designed to be fitted to a firearm; two handed opening knives; rubber training knives; multi tools; stanly knives; khukri; kukri; bowie knives; machete; spears; spear heads; bolo; dao; iaito; jian; kopis
Martial Artsstar knives; shuriken; spiked kubotan; kusari fundo; ninja stars; chinese stars; nunchaku; three-sectional staff; triple staff; three-art staff; sansetsukon; sanjiegun; chain whip; knuckleduster; knuckleduster purse; knuckleduster handbag; knuckleduster bag; knuckleduster clutch; knuckleduster phone casesai; jitte; single edge swords; traditional samurai and katana swords; eskrima; arnis; kali; hanbo; jo; shillelagh; tambo; tonfa; yari; bo; bokken; kama; bokken; sjambok; iaito
Sporting Weaponscrossbows; pistol crossbows; blowpipes; blowguns; blow darts; darts; shark darts;spears; spearheads; compound bows and general archery equipment such as bows and arrows (crossbows are controlled)
Law Enforcement & Militarytanks; military vehicles; body armour; protective armour; protective vests; tactical vests; training armour; ballistic helmets; protective helmets; large calibre munitions; launchers; grenades; taser; tazar; shock torches; inert grenades; ammunition; trench art; shell casingsmotorcycle helmets; bike or bicycle helmets; replica grenades; non military armoured vehicles; plastic grenades
Anti-Personnel Weaponspepper spray; mace; capsaicin; defender spray; riot control itemsstink bombs
Laser Pointerslaser pointers; laser pens; laser torches; large scale lasers such as the Arctic, Lunar, Krypton and Inferno; laser sights for use with items of warfarelaser modules; laser diodes; laser lighting; laser sights for firearms (excluding those for use with large calibre items of warfare); laser bore sighters; medical lasers (excluding those the same in appearance as a laser pointer or pen); surveying and construction lasers; laser guns (other than those captured as firearms or imitation firearms); laser range finders

Contact information

Below are the contact details of the police firearms and weapons registries and the Attorney-General's Department:

Department of Defence
Defence Export Control Office (DECO)
Telephone: 1800 661 066
Fax: 02 6266 2997
Website: Defence Export Control Office
Email: deco@defence.gov.au

Attorney-General's Department
Telephone: 02 6141 2730
Fax: 02 6141 5463
Email: firearms.enquiries@ag.gov.au
Website: Attorney-General's Department (Firearms)

Australia Post
Telephone: 131 318

Contact us if you need more information.

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