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The importation of firearms and weapons into Australia is prohibited under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Permission to import firearms and weapons must be obtained prior to the importation of the goods.

To obtain permission to import firearms and/or weapons, importers must satisfy legislative requirements prior to importing the goods into Australia. These requirements are referred to as 'tests' in the Regulations.

Depending on the type of firearm and the circumstances of the import, the permit issuing body can be the police or the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. For weapons, the permit issuing body can be the police or us.

Importing firearms

Firearms fact sheets

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

Importing weapons

The weapons listed in the table below are prohibited imports under the Regulations and require permission to import. The table outlines the legislative ‘tests’ that are applicable to the import of the specific weapons. More information about the process of seeking import permission is contained in the Import and export control on weapons fact page.

Some weapons are subject to the police certification test. Weapons subject to the police certification test do not require written permission to import from us, rather, they require authorisation to import from your state or territory police in the form of a B709B - Importation of Weapons - Police Certification form, or a B709X – Ongoing Importation of Weapons Police Confirmation No Licence Required form. All other weapons require import permission from us prior to import.
Further information about the legislative ‘tests’ for importing weapons can be found in the Weapons Import Test Fact Sheets section of this page.

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

Weapon import test fact sheets

Exporting firearms and weapons

Certain firearms, weapons and related goods are listed on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL). To export DSGL goods out of Australia, exporters must obtain a Defence Export Permit from the Department of Defence prior to exportation. In some circumstances, permission to export firearms and ammunition may be granted by the ABF in the form of a Restricted Goods Permit.

For information about exporting firearms and weapons or to apply for a 'Defence Export Permit' or a 'Restricted Goods Permit' see the Defence Export Controls website.

Common firearms and weapons list

The table below gives examples of items that might not be captured under the Regulations by firearms and 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.

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; (could include toys); 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; 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; automatic/assisted opening knives, umbrella swords; star knives; shuriken; sheath knives; push knives; push dagger; fist knife; t-handle knife; katara or suwaiya; trench knife; karambit; kerambit; butterfly swords; push spikes.standard kitchen knives; swords; bayonets designed to be fitted to a firearm; rubber training knives; multi tools; stanley 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; knuckledusters.sai; jitte; 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; armoured combat vehicles; combat aircraft; attack helicopters; warships; targeting systems; body armour; protective armour; training armour; large calibre munitions; launchers; grenades; tasers; stun guns; shock torches; inert grenades; ammunition; shell casings.helmets; non military armoured vehicles; plastic grenades.
Anti-personnel weaponspepper spray; mace; capsaicin; defender spray; riot control items.stink bombs
Laser pointerslaser pointers; laser pens; laser torches; large scale lasers such as the Arctic, Lunar, Krypton and Inferno.laser modules; laser diodes; laser lighting; laser sights for firearms; 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.

Forms

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

To import firearms and weapons subject to the police certification test, forms can be obtained from your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.

To receive import permission from us to import weapons into Australia, an application must first be made using the form below. If importing under the official purposes test for supply to government, evidence of end-use is required.

Contact information

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

Department of Defence
Telephone: 1800 661 066
Website: www.defence.gov.au
Email: exportcontrols@defence.gov.au

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department
Telephone: 02 6141 2730
Website: www.ag.gov.au
Email: firearms.enquiries@ag.gov.au

Australia Post
Telephone: 131 318

Contact us if you need more information.

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