Getting Started

As a Member of the SSAA NSW Ltd, you are part of an Australian-wide support network and community of law-abiding firearm owners, with access to SSAA Sporting Facilities in every State.

Getting Started
In order to obtain a firearm, licence you must.

  • be a resident of NSW
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a fit and proper person to have access to firearms
  • have successfully completed a firearms training and safety course applicable to the type of firearm licence you’re applying for
  • be able to provide evidence to justify your genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.

First Step

Become a SSAA NSW Member
To assist you in evidencing your application strongly consider becoming a SSAA NSW Member by visiting membership link below.
Once you have decided on your genuine reason/s (you can choose more than one) you can go online and register these SSAA activities by visiting membership link below.
◾  Target Shooting (Longarm only)
◾  Hunting (club membership)
◾  Collecting
◾  Hunting other (R licence, property owner / permission.)
This will help your firearms application as a genuine reason, for target shooting, hunting and collecting.

Second Step

One of the first steps towards obtaining a firearms licence, and participating in the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports that SSAA NSW offers, is to complete a Safe Shooting Course.
SSAA NSW has instructors from all corners of NSW who can assist you with this course. You can find a list of these instructors below.
Upon undertaking the course, you will be required to complete a written test and practical assessment. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion, which is a prerequisite when completing your application for a firearm licence via the Service NSW – Legal and Police Services – Firearms licence site.

Third Step

What you will need to complete your online application with:
◾  A Service NSW Account linked to NSW Police Force
◾  A Firearms Safety Training Certificate
◾  Documents supporting your Genuine Reason and Special Need
◾  Credit card for payment of the licence fee or pension card

Fourth Step

Once completed the application it will be adjudicated and if successful you will receive a letter of approval and photo advice from the NSW Firearms Registry which requires you to attend to your local Service NSW within 90 days to get your photo taken, failure to complete this process within the time frame will forfeit the application.
Once you have completed this final step you will then receive your licence via the post/mail.

Regular Try Shooting Days held across NSW

Many of our NSW ranges offer Try Shooting Days where you can try the sport for yourself under the careful guidance of Try Shooting Instructors. Head to our events page to discover upcoming Try Shooting events near you.

Diverse and Unique

Diverse and Unique

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Safe and Regulated

Safe and Regulated

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Discover a sport where the whole family can participate and compete.

Firearms licences are regulated by the Firearms
Registry, keeping the sport safe for all shooters.

Sports shooting offers a diverse range of disciplines and competitions, with something for everyone.

Across NSW, our ranges offer regular competitions, prize shoots and events for SSAA Ltd members. These events are run by dedicated volunteers and encourage community involvement and support for all competitors.

Shooting is one of the few sports that encourages and caters for the participation of young and old, male and female and all abilities.

Shooting made its Olympic debut at the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens in 1896. It was then

staged at most editions of the Games. Women made their shooting debut at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City in 1968 originally competing in men’s events.

From just five shooting events at the first modern Olympic Games the shooting sports to 15 today, the sport has grown steadily alongside the advance in firearms technology.