Important Note: 24 June 2021 Dealer Changes
On 24 June 2021, this page was updated to reflect the Arms Legislation Act 2020 amendments impacting dealer licensing. Please ensure you read the below to see how these changes may impact you:
I currently hold a valid dealer’s licence
I am an employee of a dealer
I undertake an activity that is now considered a dealer activity
Who needs a dealer licence?
If you engage in any of the following activities with a class of arms items, you will need a dealer licence.
- the business of selling, hiring, lending or otherwise supplying arms items
- possessing arms items for the purposes of an auction
- the business of repairing or modifying arms items
- displaying arms items as the director or curator of a bona fide museum
- manufacturing for sale, hire, lending, or other supply a class of arms items:
- manufacturing (for the purposes of permitted supply (as defined in section 4A (3))) prohibited parts and using prohibited items to test and demonstrate those prohibited parts.
Classes of arms items:
- Non- prohibited Firearms
- Prohibited firearms
- Non- prohibited Magazines
- Prohibited magazines
- Non- prohibited parts
- Prohibited parts
- Restricted weapons
- Pistol carbine conversion kits.
You will only be able to undertake the activities, and deal in the specified arms items, that are stated and granted in your dealer licence.
Activities that do not require a dealer licence
Who can apply?
To apply for a dealer licence, you must meet the following criteria:
- hold a current firearms licence, and;
- be 16 years old or over, or;
- be 18 years old or over, if applying for an endorsement to deal in prohibited firearms, and/or prohibited magazines.
You will need to demonstrate that you are a fit and proper person to hold a dealer’s licence. Police will consider your overall character and business background from the information provided by you, your referees, and information held or obtained by Police. This includes:
- Your character, reputation, and whether you:
- have the competencies and resources to continue the dealer activities for which the dealer’s licence is sought;
- have any convictions;
- have a sound knowledge of firearms;
- understands the legal obligations of a holder of a dealer’s licence; and
- understands the legal obligations of a holder of a firearms licence, including the endorsements on a firearms licence, and are able to provide advice on those obligations.
- any other matters the commissioned officer of Police considers relevant.
- If you are a senior manager of a body corporate and applying for a dealer’s licence to enable the body corporate to continue dealer activities, the commissioned officer of Police will consider whether:
- the body corporate has appropriate record-keeping and other systems to comply with the requirements of Arms Act and Arms Regulations; and
- if the body corporate operates from two or more places of business, each place has a manager who holds a dealer licence who has appropriate oversight and control of dealer activities carried at that location.
You will also need to demonstrate you can;
- safely and competently possess quantities of firearms
- deal in firearms responsibly and comply with all requirements of the Arms Act and Arms Regulations
- run your business with due skill, care, and actively oversee all dealer activities with appropriate policies and procedures
- implement and maintain appropriate record keeping systems; and
- manage firearms stocks responsibly and store all firearms and ammunition securely.
Steps to complete the application process
Renewing a dealer licence
Other people who may have involvement in the dealer activity
Place of business (s7)
Obligations as a dealer
Firearms Licence Checker