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Protocol Guidelines

13. Firearms

13.1 Possession of firearms by missions, posts and staff

Australia prohibits the possession and use of firearms by members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, their dependants, and other staff members (including guards). This applies to all persons and premises with or without diplomatic or consular immunity.

There are no circumstances in which a mission or post would require firearms for its own protection. The Australian Government will ensure that appropriate protection is provided (see chapter 12). Missions and posts are welcome to discuss with Protocol Branch any concerns they may have regarding protection.

Individuals who wish to possess firearms for bona fide sporting purposes should contact for information.

13.1.1 Carriage of firearms by foreign security personnel

The carriage of firearms by foreign security personnel in the context of State or official visits is addressed in chapter 15.6. As a general rule, foreign security personnel accompanying visiting dignitaries are not permitted to carry firearms or other related items, including electric batons, tasers and ballistic vests.

13.1.2 Other prohibited weapons and items

Some states or territories prohibit or restrict other types of weapons, for instance electric batons, tasers and ballistic vests. A full list of prohibited weapons and items can be found in the Prohibited Weapons Act 1996.

13.2 Replica and imitation firearms

Under Australian law you are not allowed to import replica or imitation firearms into Australia without permission.

The importation of replica and imitation firearms into Australia is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

To bring replica and imitation firearms into Australia, the mission or individual will need to seek approval from the receiving state or territory police. Once approval has been granted, the import permission documents must be presented to the Australian Border Force at the time of importation.

It is recommended that the mission or individual use the services of a licenced customs broker to assist with importation.

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