- Join a shooting Club or Association such as SSAA (Sporting Shooters Association Australia) or Shooters Union which you can do via their website online. Alternatively, if you know someone with property of at least 40 Acres, want to recreationally shoot or hunt on their property and can get written permission from the property owner, you can do this as it is also treated as a ‘Genuine Reason’ for the purpose of obtaining a QLD Firearms License.
- Complete a Firearms Safety Course with a Registered Provider. If you want to shoot rifles, Category A&B will be fine, otherwise complete Category H if you also want to shoot handguns. If you live on or around the Sunshine Coast we are happy to recommend some Providers to you.
- Once you have completed the Safety Course they will send out your Certificate of Attainment to you. We suggest that you scan this into your computer and save a copy on the desktop, along with your Club or Association Membership as per above. All you need now is a passport style photo.
- Go online to online to the QPS website www.police.qld.gov.au and follow the links from Online Services to ’Weapons Licensing’ to apply for your Firearms License. Be prepared to answer questions all about you and don’t go make yourself a coffee as the site may time out which can be frustrating. Around page 6 or so, you will be asked to upload proof of completion of a Safety Course, Proof of Membership of an approved organisation and a photo to go on your license. This is when you upload your Certificate of Attainment, Membership of an approved body and photo. The website is quite straight forward and if you have these images close to hand this process should take no more than 30-45 minutes.
Transferring a Firearms License from another Australian State or New Zealand
Same procedure as above except a Safety Course usually does not need to be completed.
When you are prompted to upload proof of completion of a Safety Course, simply upload your current Firearms License. If you intend on bringing firearms currently registered to you, have a list ready as you are required to give details of these if you want them to be registered to your Queensland license.