Explosives Regulation 2021

The existing Explosives Regulation 2013 is scheduled for automatic repeal on 1 September 2022. The NSW Government has released the proposed Explosives Regulation 2021 and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement for public consultation.

The proposed Regulation retains many of the same provisions as the 2013 Regulation but includes several key changes, some of which may affect our members.

SSAA NSW – the only shooting Peak Association listed as a key stakeholder and invited to make a submission

SSAA NSW has been included as a key stakeholder the by NSW Government, due to the possible impact on our industry with regards to ammunition and the propellant powder used in reloading. As such, we have been directly invited to provide a submission on the proposed Regulation. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 22 August 2021.

SSAA NSW was the only shooting Peak Association and body invited to submit. We are proud to be recognised and take our role very seriously in advocating for our members and legal firearms owners. SSAA NSW also encourages other Peak Associations to make their own submissions.

The NSW Government has advised that the Department will carefully consider each submission and if necessary, the proposed Regulation will be amended to address issues raised in the consultation process.

Points of Interest

Upon reading the proposed Explosives Regulation 2021 and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement, SSAA NSW has identified the following areas of direct interest to our membership:

  1. Licence holders under the Firearms Act 1996 are not required to be licenced under the Explosives Act 2003 to possess, store, transport, sell or supply ammunition and up to 12kg of propellant powder, provided that they are covered by the appropriate NSW firearms licence (this remains unchanged from the current Regulation).
  2. The proposed Explosives Regulation 2021 Clause 50 restricts the maximum amount of propellant powder that can be stored at a single residential address to 12kg, regardless of the number of licence holders under the Firearms Act who reside at that address. This is a change in position from the NSW Government, as the current Regulation provides that the 12kg limit is based upon each authorised individual, not per household.

SSAA NSW invites members to send through any comments, suggestions, or information on the proposed Regulation to admin@nsw.ssaa.org.au by Monday, 16 August 2021 for consideration.

You can download the proposed Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement online here: https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/explosives

SSAA NSW got to work straight away when the review of the Regulation was announced and has been exploring the issues to ensure that a final submission is lodged prior to the NSW Government’s deadline of 22 August. We will keep all members updated on the progress of our submission and the outcome.

As your Peak Association, SSAA NSW will always advocate for the interests of our members and all other legal firearms owners.

Thank you,

Lance Miller
President, SSAA NSW

Jai Rowell
CEO / Executive Director, SSAA NSW

UPDATE – 27 AUGUST 2021

SSAA NSW put together a submission which has now been lodged. In preparing the submission, we asked members to provide information on how the proposed changes may impact legal firearms owners.

As always, our members were eager to contribute and sent many detailed responses that assisted in shaping the submission.  SSAA NSW extends our thanks to everyone for your comments, particularly with regards to the restrictions around the maximum amount of propellant powder that can be stored at a single residential address.

We also take this opportunity to thank other stakeholders, including other Peak Firearms Associations, who spoke with us about this issue and who have also lodged their own submissions. Working together ensures that a clear and strong message is delivered.

Thank you,

Lance Miller
President, SSAA NSW

Jai Rowell
CEO / Executive Director, SSAA NSW

Lance Miller is the President of SSAA NSW.