The importation of paintball firearms (also known as paintball markers and skirmish paint guns) is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations).
To import paintball markers (designed exclusively to fire paintballs) into Australia, importers must 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.
Obtaining permission to import
Paintball markers, including single-shot, repeating-action, semi-automatic and fully automatic paintball markers can be imported into Australia with police certification. This will be a B709A - Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form.
Firearm dealers can also use a B709DA - Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form as well as provide make, model and serial number information at the time of importation.
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.
To obtain permission to import in the form of a B709A or B709DA form you will need to contact your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.
Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department
Police certification does not apply to paintball markers with the following characteristics:
- the appearance of the paintball marker is substantially the same as a fully automatic firearm
- a firearm accessory is attached or is integral to the paintball marker.
To import these types of paintball markers, written permission must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department prior to their importation.
To obtain permission to import from the Commonwealth 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 on the Firearms and weapons page.
Paintball ammunition (known as paintballs) for use with paintball markers also requires police certification to be imported.
When being imported with the firearms, the ammunition can be listed on the same import document as the firearms.
See Importing ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices for further information.
Firearms are also subject to safety testing and unique serial number requirements.
The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.
Safety testing requirements do not apply to a firearm that:
- was manufactured before 1 January 1900
- is designed or adapted for competition target shooting
- was previously exported from Australia and the importer can produce the export permit
- is being imported temporarily for a lawful competition or hunting activity
- is being imported for official or specified purposes
- has been deactivated.
Unique serial number
All firearms being imported into Australia must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.
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 paintball markers
Paintball markers are not controlled on export out of Australia.