Importing category A and B firearms

The importation of category A and B firearms is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission to bring firearms into Australia.

Category A and B firearms include:

  • air rifles or soft air rifles
  • rimfire rifles (other than semi-automatic rimfire rifles)
  • shotguns (other than semi-automatic, pump-action and lever-action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds)
  • muzzle-loading firearms
  • single-shot, double-barrel and repeating centre fire rifles
  • break-action shotgun/rifle combinations.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Category A and B firearms 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.

Forms may be obtained from your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.

The original B709A form, or a copy of the B709DA form and make, model and serial number information for the firearm, must be presented to the Australian Border Force (ABF) at the time of importation.

Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department

Police certification does not apply to category A and B firearms with the following characteristics:

  • the firearm has fully automatic firing capability
  • the appearance of the firearm is substantially the same as a fully automatic firearm
  • a firearm accessory is attached or is integral to the firearm.

To import these types of firearms, written permission must be obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department prior to importation.

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

Contact details

Contact details of the police firearms and weapon registries and the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department are available at Firearms and weapons.


Ammunition for use with category A and B firearms also requires police certification or Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department permission to be imported. When ammunition is 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.

Additional requirements

Firearms are also subject to safety testing and unique serial number requirements.

Safety testing

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 firearms

For information about exporting firearms, see Defence Export Controls on the Department of Defence website.