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Restricted Goods Permit

A Restricted Goods Permit (RGP) is a permit issued by the Australian Border Force (ABF) for the export by an individual of no more than four (4) firearms leaving Australia as accompanied goods — for example, in passenger baggage.

When can an RGP be issued?

An RGP is issued by the Australian Border Force on behalf of the Department of Defence. You might be eligible for an RGP if you intend to export lower-risk firearms for the purpose of:

  • taking part in overseas sporting shooters events;
  • hunting;
  • protection in international waters against piracy; or
  • re-exporting a firearm that has been declared on import, and where you are able to produce relevant import approval documentation.

You won't be issued with multiple RGPs to cover the export of more than four firearms.

Lower risk firearms are those referred to as Category A, B and H firearms under state and territory legislation. For example, single-shot, double-barrel, lever-action or bolt-action shotguns as well as repeating action, single-shot and double barrel centre fire rifles can be exported on an RGP. Semi-automatic pistols, revolvers and single-shot handguns can also be exported on an RGP .

Firearm parts, accessories and ammunition may be exported using an RGP, but only where those goods are being exported with the applicable firearm(s).

Total quantities of ammunition per RGP are limited to the following:

  • 4000 rounds for target shooting
  • 300 rounds for protection in international waters against piracy
  • 200 rounds for hunting

An RGP may only include a reasonable quantity of firearm parts and accessories for use with the firearm(s) being exported. An RGP is only valid for 28 days from issue, and you must export the goods within that time, or apply for a new RGP.

Circumstances where an RGP will not be issued

RGPs can't be used for the export of goods under the following categories:

  • firearms not accompanying the owner on the flight or vessel they are travelling on;
  • goods being exported for repair, return, sale, or as a gift;
  • more than four (4) firearms; firearms classified as Category C or D under state and territory legislation;
  • fully automatic firearms; firearms equal to or greater than 0.50" (12.7mm) in calibre except shotguns;
  • firearm parts, accessories or ammunition which are not accompanied by the relevant principal firearm;
  • firearms going to a destination that is subject to United Nations embargo;
  • replica firearms, paintball firearms and air-soft (or soft air) firearms — these do not require permission to export;
  • commercial exports;
  • consignments sent through post, air or sea freight;
  • goods already described on a Department of Defence export permit or licence; or
  • re-export of a firearm that has been declared on import, if you are not able to produce relevant import approval documentation.

In circumstances where an RGP will not be issued, exporters must obtain a Defence Export Permit.

How to apply for an RGP

To apply for an RGP, you should follow the steps on the RGP Quick Guide page, and then the procedure for lodging an RGP as discussed below.

Lodging an RGP

Lodging an RGP entails providing the ABF with:

  • an Evidence of Identity check;
  • a current firearms licence; and
  • a Certificate(s) of Registration (proof-of-ownership documents) for the firearm(s) to be exported.

An Evidence of Identity check requires 100 points of identification. The usual types of evidence can be provided, such as a passport, drivers licence, firearms licence or credit card. Presented identification must include at least one current photo ID and one signature ID.

Should the owner of the goods have a representative exporting the items on their behalf, such as in the case of a sporting team manager, the representative or agent must present the firearm owner's documents at the time of application. Once this process is complete the ABF will process the RGP.

The Evidence of Identity check can be completed, and the forms lodged, at either a Customs Client Service counter or with ABF at the International Terminal on the day of departure.

If you are departing on an aircraft and completing this process with the ABF on the day of departure, allow an additional two hours prior to the check-in time required by the travellers/exporters airline.

Never take any firearms or ammunition into any ABF Office other than the International Terminal on the day of departure.

If departing via sea, ensure the documentation is lodged with the ABF at the same time the Form 40 Application for Clearance and Guarantee to Pay Duty is lodged.

Firearms remain on the exporting vessel to enable the ABF to seal them on board. The RGP is not valid until the firearms and any associated goods listed on the RGP have been physically examined by the ABF on the day of departure as detailed below.

An RGP is only valid for 28 days. Contact the ABF Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263 to find the nearest ABF Client Service Counter.

Verifying exports on an RGP

After an RGP has been lodged and authorised by the ABF , the goods cannot be taken out of Australia without the ABF verifying the export. To do this, you must approach the ABF on the day of departure and present the firearms and any related goods for physical inspection.

If you're taking a domestic flight first, check with the airline to ensure that the firearms will be available for inspection by the ABF at the airport of departure from Australia.

You must present your completed and authorised RGP and export declaration to the ABF, along with documentation verifying ownership, registration and licensing of firearms to be exported. The ABF will check the goods against the RGP and other documentation.

If this is in order, the ABF will validate the RGP by signing it and escorting you to your airline check-in, or if departing by sea, sealing the firearms on board the vessel on the day of departure. The ABF will return the original copy of the authorised RGP to the passenger.

Note that if the goods presented to the ABF for inspection do not match those described in the RGP, the RGP will not be validated and the export will not proceed.


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