SSAA NSW Ltd is proud to promote the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports that are available. Shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages (12 and over), backgrounds and athletic abilities. Increasingly it is recognised as a great family sport, so why not look to sign up some of your family?

Congratulations on your decision to apply for a firearms licence and participate in one of the fastest growing sports in Australia.

In NSW you must have a genuine reason to obtain a Firearms Licence. This can be target shooting, hunting or collecting. To support each of these genuine reasons you must belong to an approved club, or in the case of hunting you must have permission from a landowner if not a club member.
Fortunately, members of SSAA NSW Ltd can use their membership to support all three genuine reasons for having a firearms licence.

SSAA is also an Approved Hunting Organisation, for those wishing to obtain a hunting licence.

If you would like to become a member of SSAA NSW Ltd you can download our application form by visiting the Membership tab at the top of this page.



Must be a member of at least one approved shooting club (other than a pistol club) and must, during each compliance period, participate in no less than 4 shooting activities by an approved shooting club.



Must be a member of at least one approved collectors’ society or club and must, during each compliance period, attend at least one meeting of an approved collectors’ society or club of which the licensee is a member.



Membership with a hunting club, permission from a landowner and R-licences are all genuine reasons for obtaining a recreational hunting/vermin control licence.

You can now apply for an individual firearms licence online.

To complete your online application you will need:

  1. A MyServiceNSW Account linked to NSW Police Force
  2. Firearms Safety Training Certificate
  3. Supporting documents for your Genuine Reason and Special Need.
    You will also need your club approval number/s to complete your application. They can be found here.
  4. A credit card for payment of the licence fee (if applicable)

Additional information about new firearms licence applications can be found on the NSW Police website.

Please note SSAA NSW Ltd can only support A/B Category Licence for Target Shooting & Hunting and a Category G Collector Licence.

Completing a Safe Handling Course is a mandatory requirement for anyone seeking to obtain a Firearms Licence in NSW.
SSAA NSW Ltd has instructors from all corners of the State who can assist you with this Course.

Once you have contacted your local SSAA Safe Shooting Instructor you will be given a Safe Shooting guide to prepare you for both the theoretical and practical components of the Course. This manual will give you an introduction to the different types of firearms and their parts and operation. It will also discuss safety rules surrounding the use of firearms and well as relevant NSW legislation.

All of our Safe Shooting Instructors have been endorsed by their local branch and recognised by the NSW Firearms Registry, and they will be happy to give you all the information you need to get started in the shooting sports.

This Basic Training Program sets a high standard in introducing new pistol shooters to the sport and provides a foundation built on knowledge, safe handling and an understanding of the responsibilities that go with it and has been adopted by SSAA NSW Ltd Branch and Affiliate pistol clubs across the state.

Most SSAA members attend their local range from time to time to enjoy their favourite shooting discipline, whether it’s rifle, shotgun or pistol at a formal event or just casual practice. While the love of shooting and the challenge of the sport keep them coming back for more, the average shooter is probably not even aware of the fact that they would not be able to do so if it wasn’t for a small band of volunteers called Range Officers.

Range Officers are a special breed of shooter. They volunteer their time to help fellow shooters and the sport in general, and more often than not you’ll find the same faces running shoots or tending to your local range, year in year out without complaint or fuss. They find great personal reward in doing so.

If you would like to play an active role in the future of our great sport and feel you have what it takes to become a SSAA NSW Ltd Range Officer, then contact your Branch or local range today or give our friendly staff at SSAA NSW Ltd Head Office a call on 02 7900 1555.