Importing firearms to Norfolk Island

The importation of firearms is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission to bring firearms into Norfolk Island.

Importing Category A and B firearms

Permission must be obtained before you import firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Category A and B firearms

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 Norfolk Island 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 can be obtained from the Norfolk Island Police. 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.

Attorney General's Department permission

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 Attorney General's (AG’s) Department prior to importation.

Ammunition

Ammunition for use with Category A and B firearms also requires police certification or permission from the AG's Department 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.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

All firearms being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Importing Category C firearms

Permission must be obtained before you import firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Category C firearms

Category C firearms include:

  • semi-automatic rimfire rifles without a firearm magazine or fitted with a magazine of a capacity no greater than ten rounds
  • semi-automatic shotguns without a firearm magazine or fitted with a magazine of a capacity no greater than five rounds (restricted Category C)
  • pump-action repeating shotguns without a firearm magazine or fitted with a firearm magazine of a capacity no greater than five rounds (restricted Category C).

Category C firearms do not include firearms to which a firearm accessory is attached or integral.

To import Category C firearms into Norfolk Island, police certification or written permission from the AG’s Department is required prior to importing the firearms.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Primary producers can obtain permission to import Category C firearms into Norfolk Island through police certification.

The police certification will be a B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification. The authorised police representative must complete the Category C field on the B709A form.

The original B709A form must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

Attorney General's Department permission

Dealers

Dealers can obtain permission to import Category C firearms from the AG’s Department if the AG is satisfied the importer is licenced to deal in Category C firearms. Limitations apply to who the dealer can sell Category C firearms to, such as:

  • a certified buyer
  • the government of the Commonwealth, a state or a territory
  • a certified primary producer
  • if the firearm is a restricted Category C firearm, a certified sports shooter for the firearm.
Sports shooters

Sports shooters and international sports shooters can apply to the AG’s Department for permission to import 'restricted' Category C firearms.

Pest controllers

Permission to import Category C firearms can be obtained from the AG’s Department for importers whose occupation is party or wholly the business of controlling vertebrate pest animals. This is subject to the importer having the necessary state or territory licence or authorisation to possess the firearms for the purpose of carrying out that occupation.

Ammunition

Ammunition for use with Category C firearms also requires police certification or permission from the AG’s Department 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.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

All firearms being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Importing Category D and Prohibited firearms

Permission must be obtained before you import firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Category D firearms

Category D firearms include:

  • semi-automatic centre fire rifles
  • semi-automatic rimfire rifles fitted with a firearm magazine with a capacity greater than ten rounds
  • semi-automatic shotguns fitted with a firearm magazine with a capacity greater than five rounds
  • pump-action repeating shotguns fitted with a firearm magazine with a capacity greater than five rounds.

Prohibited firearms

Prohibited firearms include:

  • all fully-automatic firearms (such as machine pistols, machine guns, sub-machine guns and assault rifles)
  • all firearms to which a firearm accessory is attached or integral
  • any of the following that are substantially the same in appearance as a fully automatic firearm -  handguns, category A and B firearms, soft air (BB) firearms and paintball markers.

Obtaining permission to import from the Attorney General’s Department

Permission to import Category D or Prohibited firearms can be provided by the AG’s Department where the importation of these firearms is for one of the following purposes:

  • for a Commonwealth, state, territory or foreign government (official purposes)
  • for repairs, modification, testing and training (specified purposes)
  • for a government contract, certain project or tender (specified purposes)
  • for use in the production of a film (specified purposes)
  • for a sanctioned activity (specified purposes)
  • for research or development by a known research or development importer of firearms or related defence and law enforcement products, for the completion of a project or tender (specified purposes)
  • for goods that are to be, or have been, exported and are returning to Australia (returned goods)
  • in exceptional circumstances (public and national interest tests).

Category D firearms can also be imported with permission for one of the following purposes:

  • for use by professional vertebrate pest controllers (specified person)
  • for stock purposes (dealer test).

The import permission must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

Ammunition

Ammunition for use with Category D firearms also requires police certification or permission from the AG’s Department 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.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

All firearms being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Importing handguns

Permission must be obtained before you import firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Handguns

Handguns include single shot handguns, semi-automatic handguns, black powder handguns, air handguns and revolvers.

If you want to import handguns into Norfolk Island, police certification or written permission from the AG’s Department is required.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Certification to import handguns can be obtained from the Norfolk Island Police who issue the required B709D Category H – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

Firearm dealers can also use a B709DA Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form. Dealers will need to provide details on the make, model and serial number of the firearms at the time of importation. Firearm dealers also require a Category H certificate issued by us, to demonstrate the dealer is certified to hold Category H goods for stock purposes.

Police certification does not apply to the following:

  • handguns that have fully automatic firing capability
  • handguns that are substantially the same in appearance as a fully automatic firearm
  • handguns to which a firearm accessory is attached or integral.

These firearms require import permission from the AG's Department.

Sports shooters

The following limitations apply to sports shooters seeking to import handguns:

  • the calibre of the handgun cannot be greater than .38 calibre, however handguns of up to .45 calibre can be authorised provided they are being imported for use in specially accredited sporting events
  • the shot capacity of the handgun is no more than ten rounds for handguns fitted with a magazine or cylinder
  • the handgun can have a barrel length no less than 120 millimetres for semi-automatic handguns and 100 millimetres for revolvers and single-shot handguns. These barrel restrictions do not apply to handguns that are designed or adapted for competition target shooting.

These restrictions do not apply to black powder and muzzle-loading pistols and cap-and-ball percussion-fired revolvers.

Ammunition

Ammunition for use with handguns also requires police certification or permission from the AG’s Department 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.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

All firearms being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Importing ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices

Permission must be obtained before you import ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of these goods from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Ammunition and components of ammunition

Ammunition for use with firearms includes rounds, bullets, and cartridges. Ammunition also includes paintball markers, soft air (BB) pellets as well as ball or shot projectiles for muzzle-loading firearms.

Components of ammunition include projectiles, cartridge casings (whether new or spent), and primers for use in ammunition.

Police certification

General purpose ammunitioncan be imported into Norfolk Island under 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.

The original B709A form, or a copy of the B709DA form consignment details, must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

Attorney General's Department permission

To import specialised ammunition (and components), including tracer and frangible ammunition, written permission must be obtained from the AG’s Department prior to importation.

Firearm magazines

A firearm magazine body is also considered a magazine.

Police certification

Police certification is sufficient to import most firearm magazines into Norfolk Island. This certification will be a B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

Firearms dealers can also use a B709DA Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form and provide details of the goods at the time of importation.

To import handgun magazines into Norfolk Island, police certification will be a B709D Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

Handgun magazines imported by sports shooters are limited to a maximum capacity of 10 rounds. See Importing handguns for further information on this restriction.

Attorney General's Department permission

Permission to import the following goods must be obtained by the AG’s Department:

  • detachable firearm magazine with a capacity of more than five rounds for a semi-automatic shotgun, pump-action shotgun or a fully automatic shotgun
  • detachable firearm magazine with a capacity of more than ten rounds for a semi-automatic rimfire rifle, semi-automatic centre fire rifle, pump-action centre fire rifle, lever-action centre fire rifle, or a fully automatic firearm
  • detachable firearm magazine with a capacity of more than fifteen rounds for a repeating action centre fire rifle
  • magazines of more than 10 rounds (including handgun magazines) that can fit a fully-automatic firearm.

Firearm magazine extension devices

Magazine extension devices that increase the capacity of integral, tubular or detachable box magazines into Norfolk Island, require written permission to import from the AG’s Department.

Large calibre armament

Written permission from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection must be obtained prior to importing ammunition greater than 0.50 calibre (12.7 millimetres) for use with articles of warfare in Schedule 13 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

Importing firearm parts and accessories

Permission must be obtained before you import firearm parts and accessories into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Firearm parts

Firearms parts, whether or not complete, damaged, temporarily or permanently inoperable or unfinished, include:

  • a gas piston, friction ring, action bar, breech bolt or breech block
  • a firearm barrel
  • a trigger mechanism
  • a frame or receiver
  • a slide
  • an upper receiver
  • a lower receiver
  • a bolt carrier
  • a revolving cylinder
  • a folding stock
  • a detachable stock
  • an adjustable stock (which adjusts by more than 120 millimetres)
  • something other than a complete firearm, that includes one or more of the above items.

Firearm accessories

Firearm accessories, whether or not complete, damaged, temporarily or permanently inoperable or unfinished, include:

  • a silencer, sound moderator, sound suppressor or any other device designed to, or capable of, reducing the noise of discharge of a firearm
  • a device designed to modify, or capable of converting, a firearm to give it burst fire, semi-automatic operation or fully-automatic operation
  • a firearm part to which a firearm accessory is attached or is integral.

Obtaining permission to import

For firearm parts, the type of import permission depends upon the category of firearm to which the part relates. Please refer to the relevant firearm category on this page.

To import firearm accessories into Norfolk Island, permission from the AG’s Department is required.

Import permission must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

Police certification

Police certification is required to import parts for Category A and B firearms. Certification will be in the form of a B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

The police certification for the importation of handgun parts is the B709D Category H – Police Confirmation and Certification form. There are restrictions on handgun barrels or magazines imported by sports shooters, please refer to Importing handguns.

Firearm dealers can also use a B709DA Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form and will need to provide the make, model and serial number information at the time of importation.

Primary producers can import Category C firearm parts using a B709A form.

Certification forms can be obtained from the Norfolk Island Police.

Attorney General's Department permission

Written permission must be obtained from the AG’s Department prior to the importation of Category C and D firearm parts (not including Category C parts for Primary producers). Permission can be granted for use by professional vertebrate pest controllers (specified person) or for stock purposes (dealer test).

The AG’s Department can grant permission to import 'restricted' Category C firearm parts for use by sports shooters and international sports shooters.

Importing soft air (BB) firearms

Permission must be obtained before you import soft air (also known as BB) firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Soft air rifles and handguns can be imported into Norfolk Island with police certification. The certification for the importation of soft air rifles is the B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form, and for soft air handguns is the B709D Category H – Police Confirmation and Certification form.

Firearm dealers can also use a B709DA Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form and provide the make, model and serial number information of the firearms at the time of importation.

The original B709A or B709D form, or a copy of the B709DA form, must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation.

Attorney General's Department permission

Police certification does not apply to soft air firearms with the following characteristics:

  • the firearm has a fully automatic 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 soft air firearms, written permission must be obtained from the AG’s Department prior to their importation.

Ammunition

Ammunition for use with soft air firearms, such as plastic pellets, also requires police certification or permission from the AG’s Department 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 the Importing ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices for further information.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

All firearms being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Exporting soft air firearms

Soft air firearms are not controlled on export out of Norfolk Island except in special circumstances. More information is available from Defence Export Controls.

Phone: 1800 661 066, or +61 2 626 67222 from outside Australia
Email: DECO@defence.gov.au
Website: www.defence.gov.au/deco 

Importing paintball markers

Permission must be obtained before you import paintball firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island. Paintball firearms are also known as paintball markers and skirmish paint guns.

Obtaining permission to import

Police certification

Paintball markers, including single-shot, repeating-action, semi-automatic and fully automatic paintball markers can be imported into Norfolk Island 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 ABF at the time of importation.

Attorney General's Department permission to import

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 AG’s Department prior to their importation.

Ammunition

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 the Importing ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices fact sheet for further information.

Safety testing and serial numbers

The ABF will undertake safety testing of imported firearms unless exemptions apply.

Unless there are other concerns however, paintball markers can be released without safety testing on confirmation of both of the following:

  • the paintball marker has a unique serial number
  • there is evidence that the paintball marker was previously exported from Australia (e.g. a B263 Goods Exported in Passenger Baggage form, a Certificate of Registration, or confirmation from the state or territory police that the firearm is registered in Australia).

All firearms including paintball markers being imported into Norfolk Island must have a unique serial number unless they were manufactured before 1 January 1900.

Exporting paintball firearms

Paintball markers are not controlled on export out of Norfolk Island.

Importing imitation firearms

Permission must be obtained before you import imitation firearms into Norfolk Island. This includes the movement of imitation firearms from mainland Australia into Norfolk Island.

Imitation firearms

Imitation firearms are articles that are a copy or reproduction, or have the appearance of a firearm, and could reasonably be taken to be a firearm. This can include ornaments and arcade or video game controllers.

Imitation firearms can include goods that discharge a projectile by means such as a spring powered device. They do not include items that are capable of discharging projectiles by means of a compressed gas or explosive charge, and do not include deactivated firearms or blank-fire firearms; as these goods are treated as actual firearms.

Interchangeable parts and accessories

If any firearm part, accessory or magazine can be removed from an imitation firearm and used on a firearm, you will require separate police certification or written permission to import from the AG’s Department prior to importing the part, accessory or magazine into Australia.

See Importing ammunition, magazines and magazine extension devices for further information.

Importing imitation firearms

To import imitation firearms into Australia, police certification using a B709A Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form can be used.

Firearms dealers can also use a B709DA Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form. These forms are issued by your police service.

The original B709A form must be presented to the ABF at the time of importation. Firearms Dealers can present a copy of their B709DA as well as provide the make, model and serial number information at the time of importation.

Exporting imitation firearms

Imitation firearms are not controlled on export out of Norfolk Island.

Travelling with firearms to and from Norfolk Island

To travel from Norfolk Island with firearms and related goods there are a number of requirements you must meet.

From 1 July 2016, we, through the ABF, will be responsible for delivering immigration and customs functions on Norfolk Island.

The Migration Act 1958 (Commonwealth) will be extended to include Norfolk Island. This means that passenger movements between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island will be considered domestic travel for immigration purposes.

The Norfolk Island Customs Ordinance 2016 will apply a modified version of the Customs Act 1901 and associated regulations on Norfolk Island. This means that people and goods arriving in, and leaving from, Norfolk Island will remain international movements for customs purposes.

Firearms that are brought into mainland Australia and have been or will be transferred from one conveyance to another for the purposes of export to another country, such as persons travelling to another country and changing flights at a mainland Australian international airport, or sending goods through mainland Australia via air and sea cargo, are considered as transhipping. This includes firearms that arrive into mainland Australia from Norfolk Island and are moved onto another flight out of Australia.

Transhipping firearms

Firearms that are being transhipped through mainland Australia in order to be moved elsewhere are considered to be imported and exported goods. Import permission is not required for these firearms provided that they meet the following conditions:

  • they are imported only for the purposes of transhipment to another country
  • permission to export the firearms (in the form of a Defence Export Permit or Restricted Goods Permit) has been granted and presented to the ABF
  • the firearms remain under the effective control of ABF while in Australia.

Exporting firearms

To export firearms and related goods out of Norfolk Island, travellers must first obtain written permission from the Department of Defence (Defence Export Permit) or the ABF (Restricted Goods Permit) prior to exportation.

Re-importing firearms

Travellers returning to Norfolk Island with firearms and related goods used in a lawful shooting competition or hunting activity overseas (including on mainland Australia) are not required to apply for import permission where all the following requirements are met:

  • the firearms and their parts, magazines, and ammunition are Category A, B or H firearms or paintball markers
  • the importer is an individual and a Norfolk Island resident
  • the importer departed Norfolk Island with the goods and is returning from an overseas voyage with the same goods
  • the importer presents to the ABF a valid firearm licence issued by police authority where they reside
  • the importer presents to the ABF the export permit (Defence Export Permit or Restricted Goods Permit) used to export the goods. If the item is not controlled on export (e.g. paintball markers) they need to demonstrate that they lawfully possessed the article prior to departing Norfolk Island
  • the importer used, or had intended to use, the goods while overseas to take part in a lawful competition organised by a shooting association, or in a lawful hunting activity
  • the goods have not been modified (except for repair) since they were last exported from Norfolk Island.

In any other case, and for any additional controlled items, police certification or written permission to import from the AG's Department is required prior to importation.

Information on how to obtain written certification or permission to import is available on our website and in other ABF Fact sheets.

Exporting firearms

Conditions apply to export firearms out of Norfolk Island. This includes movement from Norfolk Island to mainland Australia. Contact the Defence Export Controls team:

Phone: 1800 661 066, or +61 2 626 67222 (from outside Australia)
Email: DECO@defence.gov.au
Web:www.defence.gov.au/deco

Contact information

Attorney General's Department

AG’s Department Firearms Team: +61 2 6141 2730 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm AET)
General enquiries: DECO@defence.gov.au
Application specific inquiries: firearms.applications@ag.gov.au

Australian Border Force

The ABF on Norfolk Island operates from the Norfolk Island District Office located at Taylor's Road, Burnt Pine.

The ABF on Norfolk Island can be contacted by email norfolkislandabf@border.gov.au.

Further Information

For more information about Norfolk Island arrangements from 1 July 2016, or copies of the forms referred to in this fact sheet, please contact the ABF on Norfolk Island or see www.border.gov.au.

For more information on firearms visit Firearms and weapons on our website.