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Importing firearms and weapons

Australian Immigration

Importing firearms and weapons

The import into Australia of firearms and certain weapons is controlled by prohibitions and restrictions for the protection of the community. Customs administers the controls for these items through the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations).

The Attorney-General's Department and the Australasian Police Ministers' Council (APMC) make policy decisions regarding the type of control and the items controlled.

Customs has developed these fact sheets to assist travellers and importers with information on the conditions and requirements that have to be meet for such goods to be imported.

The following items are not controlled under the Regulations at present. However, 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.

  • swords
  • bayonets
  • general archery equipment such as bows and arrows, except for pistol crossbows
  • 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
  • underwater powerheads
  • sidewall core guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both
  • expandable casing perforation guns designed for geological purposes, mining purposes, or both.

Visit the Customs site for detailed information.

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