Firearms Storage and Transport
Firearm storage requirements differ from state to state across Australia. While the specifications for storage safes, lockers or cabinets will vary slightly, all firearms require safe, secure storage. Care should also be taken with the storage of ammunition, firearm components and spare parts.
For more information on the storage of firearms in your state or territory, click on the relevant link:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
The requirements for storing firearms in vehicles also differ from state to state across Australia. Most of these requirements are also detailed at the links above. In general, firearms should be transported in locked containers or cases, ammunition should be stored separately, and neither firearms nor ammunition should be left unattended in unlocked vehicles.
If you’re a keen clay target shooter or hunter, you may also find yourself having to take your firearms with you when using domestic air travel or public transport. If this is the case, you should contact the transport provider before embarking on your journey to check their requirements.
For travel by air within Australia, the firearm should be unloaded and if possible, rendered temporarily inoperable by disassembly or removal of the bolt (which is then stored separately to the firearm), and stored in a lockable case. The individuals travelling with the firearms must have the key to the firearms cases they are transporting.
Firearms will have to be checked and transported with general luggage, as firearms or ammunition is not permitted to be carried in the passenger compartment of any aircraft. Airline and security staff will check firearms to see that they are unloaded, and their transport case is securely locked. This will take time, so it’s advisable to arrive approximately 45 minutes earlier than usual.