Sport target shooters and clubs
Release date: Tue 3 January 2012
Last updated: Mon 13 August 2012
Handgun target shooting is a precision sport enjoyed by many people around the world. The popularity of the sport in Australia can be seen in the recent successes at Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Interested in becoming a target shooter?
Target shooters must meet a number of strict requirements in order to hold their general category handgun licence. For this reason, if you are interested in the sport but do not hold a handgun licence, you can trial the sport under supervision to determine whether you want to make the same commitment. In order to become a target shooter you need to:
Existing licence holders
Each calendar year, all handgun licence holder in possession of at least 1 handgun, must participate in a minimum of 10 matches/shoots per calendar year. The below table summarises the minimum participation requirements based on the number of handgun classes owned:
Within the above requirements, handgun owners must ensure that the following requirements are met:
You may lose a class on your licence if you do not meet the minimum participation requirement for a particular class you hold. In certain situations, you may apply for an exemption or modification to your participation requirements (PDF).
References and help
LRD's information guide, Handgun Target Shooting and Participation Conditions (PDF), explains what licence holders and clubs need to do to meet their legal requirements and hold the appropriate licence.
The Approved Handgun Club Newsletter provides information about legal changes and emerging issues in the industry which may affect your club, rights and responsibilities.
Licensing & Regulation Division is here to assist you with specific queries regarding licensing and enforcement.
If you're ready to become a target shooter, LRD's page on applying for a new firearm licence is for you.