You need to apply for one or more endorsements on your firearms licence if you want to possess higher risk classes of firearms, such as pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms, and/or prohibited magazines.
More stringent security and storage (PDF 1.3MB) requirements also apply for these firearms (regulation 28).
A permit to possess (if the item is acquired domestically) or permit to import (if you obtain the item from overseas) is required to make an endorsement specific to every pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine.
When you apply for an endorsement, you will also need to complete specified sections of the firearms licence application form (there will be no charge for that) so Police can ensure we have the most up to date information for you. When you complete this electronically, you can then save the form to update at a later date for any reapplications.
Note: Some endorsement specific conditions are detailed below. Conditions are set out in the Arms Act or Arms Regulations. In addition, other conditions may be prescribed (regulation 28D and s 32(2)).
Types of endorsements
Pistol target shooting
Bona fide collector
Applying a serial number to prohibited magazines
When an endorsement and permit are going to be granted for prohibited magazines, a serial number will need to be applied to the magazine. A guide on how to do this is below.
- A guide to serialising (PDF 194KB)
The fee for any endorsement is $204, incl. GST. If you apply for multiple endorsements at the same time the fee remains $204.
Applicants for any endorsement have to complete an endorsement application AND a new firearms licence application. This is to ensure Police has the latest information about the applicant and their circumstances.
Where you are a current licence holder and are applying for a particular endorsement for the first time, your application must contain:
- The endorsement application form; and
- A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your endorsement application fee payment; and
- A firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB) with only sections A, F, G, L and N completed. Note you do not need to submit the identity documents required for the firearms licence application. There is no payment required for the firearm licence application.
In all other cases (e.g. if you’re renewing an endorsement together with your firearms licence), your application must contain:
- The endorsement application form; and
- A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your endorsement application fee payment, noting only one endorsement fee needs to be paid for two or more endorsements; and
- A firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB) completed in full; and
- the identity documents required for the licence application
- A scan or photo (or photocopy for hard copy submissions) of the PostShop receipt of your firearms licence application fee payment.
Download a firearms licence application form (Editable PDF 591KB).
For the endorsement, download the relevant endorsement application from this page.
Submit both your endorsement application and your firearms licence application at the same time on the firearms forms upload page by selecting the Endorsement option. Alternatively, you can post or deliver your applications to your local police station.
If you have any questions or need any help, please contact your local firearms office.
Your endorsement will last for the (remaining) duration of your firearms licence.
- Dealer employee endorsement, which continues in force for 12 months unless one of the following first occurs
- your firearms licence expires or is surrendered or revoked
- the dealer’s licence of the dealer you are employed by expires or is surrendered or revoked
- the relevant endorsement on the dealer’s licence is revoked
- Pest controller endorsement, which is granted for 2 years and 6 months
To support your endorsement application, you will need to provide a referee (separate to the two referees you provided for your firearms licence application). This person should be related to the type of endorsement you are applying for. The Heirloom/Memento endorsement is the exception to this.
Endorsement referees need to have knowledge of your endorsement-related activities and the wider context of these activities. They also need to be able to show why they are able to be a good referee, i.e. they can demonstrate their expertise in the particular area, such as their own collection activities.
- know you well, and
- be knowledgeable on the endorsement specific subject matter, and
- understand/know your interest/experience in the subject matter.
Inspection condition for all endorsements
All endorsements are subject to the conditions in section 31A of the Arms Act.
This provides that the endorsement holder must:
- Produce the pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine to any member of the Police on demand; and
- Permit the member of the Police to inspect the pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm, or prohibited magazine and the place where it is kept, and, for that purpose, to enter at all reasonable time upon the premises where that place is situated.
The member of Police exercising this power needs to identify themselves to you and tell you that they are exercising this power under the Arms Act. If they are not in uniform, they must provide evidence that they are a member of Police.