The importation of firearm parts and accessories is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission to bring firearms into Australia.
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 assembly, action bar (including handgun slides), breech bolt or breech block
- a firearm barrel
- a trigger mechanism
- a frame or receiver
- a slide
- an upper receiver
- a lower receiver
- a bolt carrier
- something other than a complete firearm, that includes one or more of the above items
- a revolving cylinder
- a folding stock
- a detachable stock
- an adjustable stock.
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)
- 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.
To import parts for category A and B firearms the police certification will be in the form of a B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification Form B709A Form.
To import parts for handguns the police certification will be in the form of a B709D Category H – Police Confirmation and Certification Form.
Firearm Dealers can also use a B709DA Form –Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer Police Confirmation and details of the goods to clear the consignment.
Primary producers only: Category C firearm parts can be imported on a B709A Form. Other importers, including firearm dealers, will require written permission from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
Note: 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.
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.
Attorney-General's Department permission to import
Written permission to import must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department where the importation of these firearm parts or accessories is for one of the following purposes:
- for the purposes of the government of the Commonwealth, or the government of a State or Territory (official purposes)
- for repairs, modification, testing and training (specified purposes)
- for the purposes of a government contract, certain project or tender (specified purposes)
- for use in the production of a film (specified purposes)
- for the purposes of a sanctioned activity (specified purposes)
- for the purposes of research or development by a known research or development importer for firearms or related defence and law enforcement products and the article is being imported is for the completion of a project or tender (specified purposes)
- for goods to be exported, or that have already been exported, and are returning to Australia (returned goods)
- exceptional circumstances (public and national interest test).
Additional to the purposes outlined above, written permission must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department where the importation of category C and D firearm parts is for one of the following purposes:
- for use by professional rural pest controllers (specified person)
- for stock purposes (dealer test).
Additional to the purposes outlined above, written permission must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department where the importation of restricted category C firearm parts is for one of the following purposes:
- for use by sports shooters (sports shooter test)
- for use by international sports shooters (international sports shooter test).
Note: The requirements for category C and D firearms imported under the dealer test are available at Importing Category C Firearms and Importing category D and prohibited firearms fact sheets.
The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department permission to import document must be presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at the time of importation.
Restricted category C
Where a category C firearm part is imported by a certified sports shooter or an international sports shooter, the importer must obtain written permission from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department prior to importation.
Certified sports shooters and international sports shooters are limited to importing restricted category C firearms only as listed above.
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 Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA). These goods must be exported by the international sports shooter.
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 millimetre
- barrels for revolvers and single shot handguns must be a minimum of 100 millimetre 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.
Obtaining permission to import
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.
To obtain permission to import from the Attorney-General's Department, you will need to contact them directly.
Contact details of the police firearms and weapon registries and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department are available at Firearms and weapons.
The maximum penalty for importing these goods without the relevant import permission is a penalty not exceeding $450,000, imprisonment for 10 years, or both.
Exporting firearm parts and accessories
To export firearm parts and accessories see the information available on the Defence Export Control Office website.