When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms.
The protection of yourself or another person is not considered a genuine reason.
Genuine reasons determine:
the category of licence issued
the type of firearm you’re authorised to possess and use.
You can have more than one genuine reason on your firearms licence.
Firearms licences are issued for 2 or 5 years with the exception of:
first time applicants for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of:
target shooting, who will be subject to a probationary pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
business or employment as an armed security guard, who will be subject to a provisional pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
Note: If you're applying for a genuine reason or category other than the above, you may need to be issued with a separate licence.
primary producers engaged in an authorised eradication campaign who may be eligible for a 12 month category D licence.
A fee is attached to a licence application, however you may be eligible for a fee exemption.