If you are entering Australia via the state of NSW, then NSW Police Firearms Regulations will determine the steps you need to take for personal and firearms licensing or permits, storage and transport during your stay.
If you are arriving in Australia via another state and transiting to NSW, your state of entry requirements must be met and will be recognised by NSW, but NSW storage and transport requirements must apply once you are in NSW.
The types of firearms that will be allowed into Australia are listed on the NSW Police Firearms Registry International Visitors Competition Permit FACT Sheet. This includes (for IPSC):
- Maximum calibre of 0.38 in or 9mm
- Minimum barrel length of 120mm for semi-auto and 100mm for revolver
- Magazines that hold a maximum of 10 rounds and are designed as 10 rounds only (not higher capacity magazines that have been crimped or blocked)
Safe storage of you firearm is available at the Blacktown Pistol Club, Hammerli Way, Shalvey NSW 2770. Firearms will be required to be signed out at the start of each day and signed back in at the end of each day.
Visitors Arriving in Australia via NSW
You will need to complete a NSW Police Firearms Registry P634 Application for a Firearms Permit. This is an interactive form with drop-down options.
You will also need to complete a NSW Police Firearms Registry International Visitors Competition Permit Legitimate Reason Form. This is also an interactive form with drop-down options. If you are bringing ammunition with you, ensure it is listed on this form so that it will be included on the B709 form (see below) issued to allow you firearms and ammo into Australia.
A B709 Police Confirmation Form will be issued by NSW Police Firearms Registry upon successful issue of your Competition Permit.
Upon arrival in Australia, ensure that you declare that you a bringing in firearms and, if applicable, ammunition. Australia Border Force and Customs will seize and hold firearms and ammunition entering Australia, which will be released upon presentation of the B709 Police Confirmation Form you were issued.
To avoid delays, you need to have all of the above permits and forms duly processed, paid and completed before you arrive in Australia and ensure you have the original documentation with you on arrival.
All of the above mentioned forms are available from the NSW Police Firearms Registry Website.
Visitors Arriving in Australia via another state
Please refer to the Police website in your state of arrival for licensing and/or permit requirements, however once in NSW you firearm transport and storage requirements will be as required by NSW law and described on the NSW Police Firearms Registry Website.