Importing firearm parts and accessories

The importation of firearm parts and accessories is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission before bringing firearms into Australia.

Firearm parts

To import firearm parts into Australia, importers must first obtain written certification from the police firearms or weapons registry in their state or territory or written permission to import from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department prior to importation.

Firearms parts, whether or not complete, damaged, temporarily or permanently inoperable or unfinished, include:

  • a gas piston, friction ring, action bar, breech bolt or breech block
  • a firearm barrel
  • a trigger mechanism
  • a frame or receiver
  • a slide
  • an upper receiver
  • a lower receiver
  • a revolving cylinder
  • a bolt carrier
  • a folding stock
  • a detachable stock
  • an adjustable stock (which adjusts by more than 120 millimetres)
  • something other than a complete firearm, that includes one or more of the above items.

Firearm accessories

To import firearm accessories into Australia, importers must first obtain written permission from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

Permission to import might only be granted where the firearm accessories are for specific purposes.

Firearm accessories, whether or not complete, damaged, temporarily or permanently inoperable or unfinished, include:

  • a silencer, sound moderator, sound suppressor or any other device designed to, or capable of, reducing the noise of discharge of a firearm
  • a device designed to modify, or capable of converting, a firearm to give it burst fire, semi-automatic operation or fully automatic operation
  • a firearm part to which a firearm accessory is attached or is integral.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Police certification is required to import parts for category A and B firearms. Certification will be in the form of a B709A - Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

The police certification for the importation of handgun parts is the B709D - Category H – Police Confirmation and Certification form. There are restrictions on handgun barrels or magazines imported by sports shooters. See Importing handguns for more information.

Firearm dealers can also use a B709DA - Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form and will need to provide the make, model and serial number information at the time of importation.

Only primary producers can import category C firearm parts using a B709A form. Other importers, including firearm dealers, will require written permission from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

Forms can be obtained from your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.

To obtain permission to import in the form of a B709A, B709DA and B709D form, you will need to contact your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.

The original B709A form, or a copy of the B709DA form, must be presented to the Australian Border Force (ABF) at the time of importation.

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department

Police certification does not apply to firearm parts with the following characteristics:

  • category C firearm parts (other than those imported by primary producers)
  • category D firearm parts
  • automatic and other prohibited firearm parts
  • firearm parts for handguns, paintball markers and certain long-arms that are substantially the same in appearance as a fully automatic firearm
  • a firearm part for any firearm that is capable of converting, either on its own or in conjunction with other parts, a single-shot or repeating action firearm to a semi-automatic or fully automatic firearm.

The requirements for category C and D firearms imported under the dealer test are available in the Importing category C firearms and Importing category D and prohibited firearms fact sheets.

To import these firearm parts, written permission to import must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department prior to their importation.

Permission to import can only be granted where the firearms are for specific purposes.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department permission to import document must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

To obtain permission to import from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, you will need to contact them directly.

Contact details

Contact details of the police firearms and weapon registries and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department are available at Firearms and weapons.

Sports shooters

Restricted category C

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department can grant permission to import 'restricted' category C firearm parts for use by sports shooters and international sports shooters.

Certified sports shooters and international sports shooters are limited to importing restricted category C firearms only.

A certified sports shooter must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and be registered shooter with the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA). 

An international sports shooter must be travelling to Australia to compete in Olympic, Paralympic, or Commonwealth Games and associated events, or an event organised by the ACTA.  These goods must be exported by the international sports shooter.

Handguns

In addition to obtaining a B709D form for handgun parts, the following restrictions apply to handgun barrels or magazines imported by sports shooters:

  • barrels for semi-automatic pistols must have a minimum barrel length of 120 millimetres
  • barrels for revolvers and single shot handguns must be a minimum of 100 millimetres in length
  • barrels for all handguns must be of .38” calibre or less however, where barrels are being imported for use in a specially accredited sporting event they may be up to .45" calibre.

Barrel length requirements do not apply to handguns designed or adapted for competition target shooting. 

These restrictions do not apply to black powder and muzzle-loading pistols and cap-and-ball percussion-fired revolver parts.

Penalties

The maximum penalty for importing these goods without the relevant import permission is a penalty not exceeding Australian dollar 450,000, imprisonment for 10 years, or both.

Exporting firearm parts and accessories

To export ammunition and firearm magazines see Defence Export Controls on the Department of Defence website.