Media Enquiries
David Handyside

0418 820 470


General Enquiries
Junior Vice President
Brendan Atkinson

0419 849 452


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

0499 554 498


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


With 35 Clubs, SSAA SA caters for the needs of Rifle, Handgun and Shotgun Shooters. Our wide variety of activities include firearms safety 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 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.

Become a Member Today

As a SSAA 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.


“ Something for Every Shooting Enthusiast “

The SSAA’s shooting competitions, commonly referred to as ‘disciplines’, are the backbone of the Association. They include the use of many types of firearms such as rimfire, centrefire, air and black powder rifles, handguns and shotguns.

If you like to compete, target shoot, need to sight in a firearm, or just want to Try Shooting, then come for a visit.

The Largest Shooting Organisation Representing Firearms Owners in Australia

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UPDATE:- SSAA (SA) Allambie ComplexA huge thanks and shout out to Trenton Hardie, the owner of Sheds for Eyre and Fencing Supplies who kindly came forward and offered our membership an offer we couldn't refuse. In these crazy times of rising costs for basic building materials etc, Trenton kindly went above and beyond the call of duty to give us a heavily discounted rate for some specially engineered shelters (for your all weather comfort) that couldn't be matched anywhere. A new road and carpark has been made to one of the ranges last week and another one has been started this week. Things are really starting to take shape folks. Stay tuned.#shedsforeyre ... See MoreSee Less
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Results from Fly State Titles are in;Light GunName A B C D E Total PositionDave Carrol 5 32 28.1 32 41.1 138.2 1RichardWinkel 17 31.1 7 45 34 134.1 2Tim Pavey 15 19 29 31 38.1 132.1 3Colin Wright 10 26 25 35 22 118 4Carol BVL 14 17 26 12 26 92 5Brendan Atkinson1724 11 23 11 86 6Ray Burton 10 6 20 4 0 40 7Ash Martin 4 0 0 0 1 5 8 Fly Patches 1 Fly Richard Winkel , Tim Pavey 2 Fly's Dave Carrol Smallest Group Richard Winkel 2.52"Highest Scoring Target Richard Winkel 45Heavy Gun Name A B C D E Total Position Tim Pavey 45 37 26.1 23 39 167.1 1Colin Wright 32 27 24 35 31 149 2Carol BVL 15 26 35.1 12 37 125.1 3Fly Patches 1 Fly each Tim and Colin Smallest Group Tim Pavey 3.75" Highest Score Tim Pavey 45 Two Gun Score Tim Pavey 299.2 Colin Wright 267Carol BVL 217.1Rimfire Name A B C D E Score Position Tim Pavey 39 33 37 35 25 166 1Carol BVL 49.1 18 274 29 24 147.1 2Dave Carol 15 9 49.1 40 23 136.1 3Varun 21 27 20 38 15 121 4Fly Patches Carol and Dave Smallest Group Tim Pavey 3.06"Highest Score Carol BVL and Dave Carrol tied 49.13 GUN Tim Pavey 465.2 Carol BVL 364.2 ... See MoreSee Less
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Notice to membersNew requirements from SAPOL regarding permits to acquire reads as follows;It has come to our attention that some clarification may be required in relation to what is considered a genuine need for Permits to Acquire (PTA) for shooting clubs.At the moment some applicants are simply stating centrefire match or military shoots or category 3 shooting, however this is not sufficient.If an applicant requires a firearm for a shooting club they need to specify what discipline they intend to shoot and (if applicable) why they cannot use any other firearm in their possession to do so. This is defined in Section 23 of the Firearms Act 2015.Further, the applicant the discipline stated is to be as defined on the club’s range certificate, to enable Firearms Branch to confirm that the club is endorsed for that discipline. This is also why it is important for licence holders to update us when they join a new club so that we can ensure our records are correct.If an applicant needs a firearm to be eligible to compete in a sub-discipline of one of the disciplines defined on the clubs range certificate, the applicant needs to state so on the PTA. If an applicant has any other supporting information as to why they need the new firearm i.e. replacing broken firearm etc., this should also be included on the PTA.The lack of provision of the above information creates an unnecessary backlog of work as permits are either being refused or returned to ask for further justification. These delays can be avoided if all the required information is provided on the initial PTA.To summarise:  The discipline an applicant intends to shoot in must be endorsed on the PTA The disciplines are defined on the clubs range certificate The applicant (if applicable) needs to define why they cannot use any other firearm in their possession If the applicant needs the firearm to be eligible to compete in a sub discipline of one of the disciplines defined on the clubs range certificate the applicant needs to state so on the PTA If the applicant has any further information that may support the genuine need for the firearm the applicant should state so on the PTAIf you can ensure that the above information is provided on the initial PTA submitted to Firearms Branch, there is the potential of less delays in processing, providing a more timely response to yourself and your customers.Thank you for your assistance.SAPOL FIREARMS BRANCH ... See MoreSee Less
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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

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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