Importing weapons - Collectors and non-government museum test

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations (the Regulations) provide a list of goods that are controlled on importation into Australia.

To import certain weapons into Australia, written permission from the Minister is required. Applications will only be considered when the weapons being imported comply with a legislated test.

One of the tests applicable to certain items of warfare is the collectors and non-government museum test.

Goods applicable to the test

The collectors and non-government museum test is applicable to items of warfare listed at Item 1 and 1A of Schedule 13 of the Regulations.

How to apply

All applications must be made in writing using a B710 Form — Application for Permission to Import Schedule 13 Weapons (443KB PDF)

Standard permits are valid for six (6) months from the date of signature and for one (1) importation only.

Applications must be made prior to the importation of the goods. The assessment process takes approximately four (4) weeks from receipt by the processing office and may be extended if additional information is required or the application is considered incomplete.

In addition to the B710 Form, supporting documents must accompany an application to demonstrate that the importation satisfies the collectors and non-government museum test.

Lodgement of an application does not guarantee permission to import will be granted and goods should not be forwarded to Australia until notified of the approval in writing. Goods that are imported without a valid permit may be subject to seizure, disposal and/or prosecution.

Required supporting documents

You must provide the following supporting documents with your application:

  • a certified copy of a licence or authorisation that demonstrates the importer is authorised to possess the goods for the importer's intended use in accordance with the law of the State or Territory in which the goods are to be used
  • a statutory declaration stating the goods are inert and permanently inoperable and the goods will not be modified
  • evidence that the goods meet Department of Immigration and Border Protection's standards for inert and permanently inoperable goods, such as photographs
  • a declaration stating the goods will be secured appropriately while in Australia.

Import conditions

In order for a warfare item to be considered under this test, it must be deactivated, inert and rendered permanently inoperable.

More information on our deactivation standards is available at Guide to Deactivating Warfare Items (273KB PDF).

Any imported weapons must be stored and appropriately secured while in Australia, in line with State and Territory requirements.

Assessment

We might investigate the importers history as part of the application process. Previous instances of non-compliance with our requirements might result in permission to import being refused.

The information provided in your application will be verified with the appropriate end user and any inconsistencies identified might be subject to investigation and subsequent legal action. Making a false or misleading statement to our officer is an offence under Section 234(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1901.