Media Enquiries
David Handyside

0418 820 470

president@ ssaasa.org.au

General Enquiries
Junior Vice President
Brendan Atkinson

0419 849 452

junvice@ ssaasa.org.au

Range Development, Club Liaison & Mobile Range
Executive Officer
James Reeves

0499 554 498

executiveofficer @ssaasa.org.au

Media Enquiries


0418 820 470


General Enquiries

Junior Vice President

0419 849 452


Mobile Air Rifle Range Hire and Firearms Safety Instruction

Executive Officer

0499 554 498



Look here for information or contact details for all SSAA SA Clubs. Our wide variety of activities include safety and training, target shooting, hunting, primary production, archery, working gundogs and collecting. If you like to compete, target shoot, need to sight in a firearm, or just want to Try Shooting, then come for a visit.


Firearms Licence

Click below for helpful information about obtaining a South Australian Firearms Licence and correctly completing your SAPOL ‘Application for a Firearms Licence (PD303)’ form. Firearms Branch will verify your fit and proper person status and your genuine reason to posses a firearm. If approved you will be required to undergo specific safety training.

Firearms Licence

Firearms Insurance

With the SSAA’s $35 for $25,000 firearms insurance deal, our excess is only $100 and there are no hidden fees. Also, your firearms are covered for accidental damage, loss or theft while at home or in use at the range, in the field or when taken overseas for up to 28 days.

Firearms Insurance

Become a Member Today

As a SSAA National Member you’ll have access to more than 400 shooting ranges Australia wide, liability and personal accident insurance while engaged in all lawful recreational shooting activities, and be able to obtain great value firearms cover. You will also receive free copies of the Australian Shooter magazine and timely email updates on issues affecting our sport.

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“ Something for Every Shooting Enthusiast “

The SSAA’s shooting competitions, commonly referred to as ‘disciplines’, are the backbone of the Association and include the use of many types of firearms such as shotguns, pistols and revolvers and rimfire, centrefire, air and black powder rifles, depending on the discipline and competition concerned.

The Largest Shooting Organisation Representing Firearms Owners in Australia

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Dear Shooters,
Here’s a brief summary and reminder of what you need to know about Step 3 - easing of restrictions for Sport and Recreation -

Covid-Safe Plan -
• Covid-Safe Plans continue to be required (your previous plan will be automatically updated and sent to you).
• If you have not yet completed a plan, or you are opening up additional spaces in your venue (such as gaming areas), you will need to complete a new plan.
• Plans must be available for inspection and should be published and communicated with your members.
• If you train / play at multiple venues, you need to do your own plan once to use at multiple venues. You should also be aware of the plans of any venues you use.

Covid Management Plan -
• When there are more than 1,000 people (excluding staff) at your venue, activity or gathering or, when both dancing and consumption of alcohol is facilitated at the premises, you must complete a COVID Management Plan and have this Plan approved by SA Health.
• You can operate with only a COVID Safe Plan, provided you limit patrons to under 1000 and limited dancing and alcohol consumption.

Density and Social Distancing Requirement -
• 1 person per 2 square metres density applies from 29th June.
• 1.5 metre physical distancing rule still applies.

Contact Tracing -
• Only gaming machine venues, indoor fitness classes and indoor public meetings (example AGM’s) are required to maintain contact tracing records.
• If you are required to keep contact tracing records, these can be collected digitally and must include, date, time, name, phone number and email.

Indoor and Outdoor Sport -
• Training and competition with no limit on the number of spectators but 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies.
• There is no cap on venue attendance but density and social distancing applies and a Covid Management Plan is required for attendance of 1000 or above.

Swimming Pools -
• Training and competition with no limit on the number of spectators but 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies.
• There is no cap on venue attendance but density and social distancing applies and a Covid Management Plan is required for attendance of 1000 or above.
• All water activities are permitted in pools.

Fitness and Dance classes -
• From 29th June, indoor group fitness classes (including dance) will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule. So the size of the room / venue will determine the capacity.
• Fitness classes must maintain contact tracing records.

Food and Beverages -
• Consumption of alcohol standing up is now permitted.
• Drinking at the bar or on barstools at the bar is now permitted.
• Standing consumption of food and beverages is now permitted.
• Communal food (buffets / salad bars / shared water or drinking receptacles are NOT permitted.
• Density and social distancing in eating areas applies.

Change rooms and showers -
• Communal change rooms, toilets and showers can now be used (density and social distancing applies).

Indoor Public Meetings (e.g. General and Annual General Meetings) -
• Indoor meetings are subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule. So the size of the room / venue will determine the capacity.
• Contact tracing records must be kept.
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Great news for South Australia ...Restrictions are being eased in South Australia with the introduction of a 1 person per 2 square metre density rule from Monday 29 June.

COVID Safe Plans will continue to be required for defined public activities.

An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for some activities, including large public gatherings. Further details will be announced soon.

All South Australians need to play their part to keep SA COVID safe:

🤧 If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, get tested.
💦 Wash/sanitise your hands regularly.
🙋↔🙋 Keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
🛒 Wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
📱 Download the COVIDSafe app.
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All Shooting Clubs must create an individual COVID-Safe plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Storage and Security Requirements

Storage of Firearms for one to 19 firearms

Firearms Security Storage Quick Guide A3

Secure Your Gun Secure Your Sport

For legislation refer to the Firearms Act and Firearms Regulations.

Firearms Act 2015

Firearms Regulations 2017

 For further advice please contact SAPOL Firearms Branch


1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
2. Your firearm is your responsibility.
3. Always ensure your firing zone is clear and identify your target beyond all doubt.
4. Never point a firearm at or near another person.
5. Never load a firearm until you are ready to shoot.
6. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
7. When you have finished shooting remove the magazine (if fitted), unload and then check that the chamber is empty.
8. Make sure that all firearms are transported securely to prevent misuse or theft.
9. Never allow unauthorised access to your firearm(s) or ammunition.
10. Do not climb fences or obstacles with loaded firearms.
11. Encourage safe and responsible handling of firearms in the field, on the range, and within the community.
12. Never mix shooting with alcohol or drugs.
13. Understand the operation of your firearm, keep it in good repair, and always use the correct ammunition.
14. Never store firearms and ammunition together. Ensure they are safely locked away when not in use.
15. Be familiar with the legal requirements for safe storage, firearms ownership, possession and use in your state or territory, or in the state or territory you are visiting.
16. Dispose of unwanted firearms lawfully. Surrender them to the police or sell them to or through a licensed dealer.


National Firearms Safety Code

Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the range.

Branches should add such additional rules as are necessary for the management of their Ranges.

Breaches of these rules may incur removal from the range, counselling and/or other disciplinary action.

1. A Range Officer must be present at all times when there are two or more shooters using the range and must be easily identifiable by the wearing of a SSAA Range Officer Vest. All persons on or near the firing line must pay attention to and obey all orders given by the Range Officer.
2. No shooting is permitted unless all red flags are flying as required.
3. No handling of any firearm is permitted on the firing line while there are people down range.
4. When moving around the range all firearms must be pointed in an upright position, unloaded, action open, magazine removed where possible and have an orange or yellow empty chamber indicator inserted.
5. All firearms must be checked and cleared by a Range Officer or nominated person other than the shooter before they are permitted to be taken from the firing line.
6. All firearms should be secured adequately while not being used or under the direct control of the owner, Range Officer or delegate.
7. When moving to or from the car park to the firing line area all firearms must either be bagged or cased, or must be pointed in an upright position, unloaded, action open, magazine removed where possible and have an orange or yellow empty chamber indicator inserted.
8. All targets must be placed so that projectiles will impact directly into the mound. Only approved targets may be used.
9. No attempt is to be made to remove a stuck live round on any SSAA range. The firearm is to be made safe and removed from the firing line and the range. It should be taken to a qualified person for the removal of the round.
10. Ear and eye protection is recommended to be worn at all times when on or near the firing line. Failure to do so may affect any claim made in regard to an incident where injury might have occurred.
11. In the interest of safety and good public relations, camouflage clothing, thongs and sandals are banned on the firing line.
12. Absolutely no alcohol is permitted within the firing line area. No consumption is to be permitted for any person who is intending to shoot later on the same day. No person who is adversely affected by alcohol or a drug is to be permitted to handle firearms or to shoot.


Department for Environment and Water (DEW) Hunting Info

Department for Environment and Water (Hunting Permits)

Hunting Permits

All hunting in South Australia is regulated under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (NPW Act) and the National Parks and Wildlife (Hunting) Regulations 2011.

If you wish to hunt in South Australia you must have a basic Hunting Permit unless you are:

  • destroying animals which are endangering human life.
  • destroying animals (other than protected species) that are causing damage to crops, stock or other possessions on your land (your own or employer’s property).
  • taking an animal under any other permit regulations.

 Protected native animals and hunting

 Most native mammals, reptiles and birds are fully protected. Without this protection many species could ultimately disappear forever. The NPW Act does allow for open seasons to be proclaimed so that certain species of protected game (duck and quail) can be hunted.

 Unprotected native animals, introduced animals and hunting

 Unprotected native animals are listed in Schedule 10 of the NPW Act. You must still have a Hunting Permit before you can hunt unprotected native animals or introduced animals,

Under the Act consideration is made for hunting and food gathering by Aboriginal people.

More information:

In South Australia, the following species are classified as game and can be taken during a declared open season:

    • Stubble quail
    • Pacific black duck
    • Grey teal
    • Hardhead (white-eyed duck)
    • Mountain duck (Australian shelduck)
    • Pink-eared duck
    • Maned duck (wood duck)
    • Chestnut teal
    • Blue-winged shoveler

In South Australia, the following species are classified as feral and can be taken any time on private property with permission from landowners:

    • Feral goat
    • Pig
    • Camel
    • Deer
    • Rabbit
    • Red fox
    • Starling
    • Domestic pigeon
    • European blackbird
    • Spotted turtle-dove

For further information or to determine whether you need a permit, please contact:

DEW Fauna Permits Unit
Phone: (+61 8) 8124 4972
Email: dewfaunapermitsunit@sa.gov.au

Duck Hunting

An open season duck hunting permit is required to take/hunt duck.

Department for Environment and Water (DEW) Hunting Info

Department for Environment and Water (Hunting Permits)

If you are applying for a duck hunting permit you must have sat and passed a Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT). You will require your WIT number to complete your application.

Waterfowl ID Training & Testing

To obtain a permit to participate in South Australia’s duck open hunting season, you must successfully complete a Waterfowl Identification Test. This test is for hunters to demonstrate that they can identify waterbirds and each bird’s conservation status to ensure the right species are targeted.

The test is conducted by the Department for Environment and Water.


Conservation and Hunting Alliance of South Australia (CHASA) provides comprehensive training in waterfowl identification to enable intending duck hunters to sit their Waterfowl Identification Test with confidence.

Courses are run on a regular basis before and during the hunting season, and are subject to demand.

The course costs $65, which covers tuition and all training literature including printed reference material and videos. Training normally takes place after hours.

To attend CHASA’s waterfowl identification training please complete the application form and return to CHASA by post or email.

I will consider myself an invited guest of the land holder, seeking his or her permission and so conducting myself that I may be welcome in the future.

I will obey the rules of safe gun handling and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.

I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.

I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills that assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.

I will support conservation efforts that can assure good hunting for future generations of Australians.

I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.

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