What is the Firearms and Hunting Safety Course?

Prior to submitting your application for a NSW Firearms Licence or Minor’s Permit, you will need to pass a Firearms Safety assessment. 

The course comprises of both a theory and a practical component. The theory part is a closed-book multiple choice test consisting of 30 questions (adults) or 10 questions (minors). The pass mark for the theory 83% (25/30) for adults or 70% (7/10) for minors. The practical assessment both adults and minors must complete all 18 tasks provided by the trainer and obtain a pass mark of 100%.

To book please click the link below:

Firearms Safety / R Licence tests


How do I apply for a Firearms Licence?



You will need to create an account with Service NSW via their website and complete your application online (click here). Once logged in, click ‘Apply online’.

1) Select ‘new application’ and fill in the fields that will appear below.

2) Upload a copy of your Firearms safety training certification; this would have been given to you at the completion of your course.

3) To use IHC as your Genuine Reason for obtaining a licence, select ‘Recreational Hunting/Vermin Control’ as well as BOTH Category A and Category B (these are your rifle types).

4) Choose ‘Hunting Club Membership’ and enter the information found below:

Principal hunting club name: Illawarra Hunting Club

Hunting club approval number: See confirmation email

Hunting club membership number: See membership card

5) Please save a copy of the Membership Card embedded into your membership confriamtion email and upload with your application as proof of membership.


NOTE: The Firearms Registry will apply a mandatory 28 day waiting period to you application (plus processing time/postage), once approved you will receive further instructions and a photo advice in the mail.


How do I apply for a Minor's Permit (between the ages of 12 and 18)?

Download and complete an Application for a Minor's Permit from the NSW Police website via this link, as well as a Minor's Firearm Permit Legitimate Reason Form. These are then both posted off, along with proof of idetifcation and safety test accreditation to the Firearms Registry.



Study document for Firearms Safety tests:


Firearms and Hunting Safety (long-arms) Course 



Download Links

NSW Police P650 Form



Game Hunting (R) Licence

Illawarra Hunting Club is an Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) and certified Hunter Learning, Education and Accreditation Program (LEAP) provider by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). We work closely with the Game Licensing Unit to offer training and support in various elements such as Game Hunting Licence accreditation and short courses.


In order to book NSW State Forest land for hunting or Game animals on Private Land in NSW you will need a Licence provided by the DPI. 



How do I apply for a Game Hunting (R) Licence?


Firstly you will need to be a member of an approved Hunting Club like IHC, and then successfully complete a face-to-face assessment in order to apply for a licence directly through the DPI. Once you have sucessfully passed the R Licence accreditration course, follow the below instructions to lodge your R Licence application. 


Click this link to be taken to the DPI website and create a new application.

1) Under “Licence Details” select Restricted Standard from the drop down list, this type will allow you to hunt game on both private and public land.

2) Your “Categories” will have defaulted to “No”, change these to match your R Licence Accreditation certificate provided by IHC (Firearms, Bows, Dogs, Black Powder).

NOTE: If you do not yet have a valid firearms licence, you can still apply for the firearms category but can not legally hunt with firearms until you hold a valid firearms licence.

3) Native Game Birds is a separate assessment and provided only by the DPI. Do not tick unless you have previously completed a Water Foul Identification Test.

4) Approved Hunting Organisation will be Illawarra Hunting Club, the R-Licence Accreditation Number is the red number on the top right corner of your accreditation certificate and trainer number will be hand written in the middle section.

5) Please save and upload the digital membership card found in your confirmation email as proof of membership.  

6) Once completed and licence fee paid to the DPI, they will send you a confirmation email. On first login to the DPI website, you will need to complete two additional online modules on Written Permissions and Navigation before booking your first hunt.


Do fire danger ratings affect hunting in NSW State forests?

You must not hunt a State forest during a Total Fire Ban issued by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Before leaving for a NSW State Forest trip, remember to check the RFS website for up to date information on current fires and total fire bans. Links are provided below.

When signs are displayed at State forest entrances stating Sold Fuel Bans are in place, campfires or barbecues using charcoal, wood or other solid fuels are not permitted.


RFS Fires Near Me


Fire Danger Ratings


Below are links to more information provided by the DPI:


Hunting Licences


What You Can Hunt


Where You Can Hunt


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