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



With 35 Clubs, SSAA SA caters for the needs of Rifle, Handgun and Shotgun Shooters. 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.

Download Application Form

“ 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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Hot off the press ...Wow, welcome to the final issue of Australian Women's Shooter for 2020! We can't believe that we have seen another year pass us by, and what a wild one it has been. Hopefully, we will look at returning to normal with AWS in print for 2021 but until then please enjoy our latest online edition for all to share.

What's inside:
Laetisha Scanlan kicks off issue 9 of AWS in this unconventional year by discussing how she keeps a positive frame of mind when competing, no matter what the results.

Young SSAA member Zanthie Bailey’s awards list is astounding and we highlight how she’s leading the way for Australia’s next generation of shooters.

Part two of my physical tips for shooting looks at mine and Zoe Aust Personal Training's top 5 strengthening exercises for shooters with a focus on getting a solid core for advanced results.

Read how hunting for the table brings virtue through the whole field to fork process.

And our Ridgeline Australia Micro-Lite short-sleeve tee review demonstrates why it’s a perfect all-round fit for shooting.

Keep in touch over the holiday period via email, our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Also, remember to enter the draw to win a pair of Wiley X Saber Advanced glasses thanks to Wiley X Australia.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
- Gemma, AWS Editor.
Read it here: ssaa.org.au/publications/womens-shooter/

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All Shooting Clubs and Ranges can resume from 1 December.COVID SAfe Check-In will roll out from tomorrow, to enhance contact tracing and keep our community COVID safe.

All businesses or organisations with a COVID Safe Plan will be required to display a COVID SAfe Check-In QR Code, and also provide an alternate paper record sheet for contact tracing records.

The mySA GOV app will host the COVID SAfe Check-In feature, which once opened, will allow you to scan a business’ QR code.

The app securely collects limited personal information as you enter a business or venue. Your details will only be kept for 28 days and will only be released to SA Health for official contact tracing purposes.

Download the free mySA GOV app
📱 Available now on Google Play
📱 Available on the App Store from Tuesday afternoon

As Apple finalises its requirements, users are able to sign in manually until available on the App Store from Tuesday afternoon.

If you have already downloaded the app, make sure you have the latest version.

More information is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/covid-safe-check-in
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From 1 December - Shooting Clubs and Ranges can resume.

All Sporting Clubs with a COVID Safe Plan have been issued with a QR Code which they must have available at their Clubs.

All Members and Visitors are required to scan this QR Code using the mySAGOV app.
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*** “Sport may resume” ***An update has been made to the public activity restrictions in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 13) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 14) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 12:01am Tuesday 1 December 2020.

The new Direction provides an update to density requirements, gathering provisions, requirements for fixed seating venues, the COVID-SAfe Check in & mask requirements for health services.

➡️ The following density requirements apply:
◾️ Indoor Place (other than a private function)- 1 person per 4sqm
◾️ Outdoor Place- 1 person per 2sqm

People must use their best endeavours to implement physical distancing and remain 1.5m from people they do not know.

Note- The occupier/owner of a place must calculate the density requirements based on the space available for members of the public to use for the defined activity (not including bathrooms etc). This does not include staff areas and staff who are working are not calculated in the capacity number.

The following gathering provisions apply:
➡️ Private function (including wedding and funerals)- 150 people max 1 person per 2 sqm

➡️ Private residence- 10 people per house (unless more than 10 people permanently reside at the residence)

➡️ Private place- 150 people max

➡️ Holiday accommodation- The maximum number of people permitted to sleep at the place as set by the accommodation provider

➡️ Caravan park or camping ground- 6 people max per site and no more than 6 visitors. Children under the age of 16 are not included.

Note- Children and infants of any age are counted in the above gathering and density provisions, other than at caravan parks where children under the age of 16 are not included.

➡️ Food and beverages which are served for consumption at venues (including pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, wineries, etc.) must be consumed whilst seated when indoors. Food and beverages can be consumed whilst standing or seated when outdoors. Communal food and beverages are not permitted. If people are sitting at a bar there must be no food preparation taking place.

➡️ Private functions include weddings, funerals, parties or any other function which is by invite only that is held at licensed premises.

➡️ The function must be in a designated area which has no public access and where possible separate bathroom facilities from the rest of the venue.

➡️ Guests must use their best endeavours to remain
segregated from other patrons at the premises.

➡️ The maximum number of people permitted is 150 people and the density provision of 1 person per 2sqm applies regardless of whether the function is indoors or outdoors.

➡️ Food and beverages must have no shared utensils but can be consumed while standing.

➡️ Dancing is also permitted.

➡️ Any indoor cinema, theatre or any other place where the activity includes a fixed seating must implement a ‘checkerboard’ seating arrangement and must not have over 50% of their standard capacity in patrons.

➡️ Fitness, recreation activities & sport can resume.

➡️ Swimming or other activities at swimming pools used by the public are permitted to operate providing there are no more than 50 people in a pool at any one time.

➡️ Any operation with a COVID Safe Plan must also use an approved contact tracing system which includes the COVID-SAfe Check in, Scan Tek or any other electronic platform which is approved by the state coordinator. Those who have a COVID Safe Plan will be issued with a QR code which will be attached to the approved plan & must be displayed in the premises/business/venue.

➡️ A person who participates in a defined public activity or who enters a venue must upload their relevant contact details. If the system is not working or the person is unable to upload their details they must provide their details to the venue operator & these details must be retained.

➡️ A reminder that all defined public activities (other than home health services) must have a COVID Safe Plan which can be completed here: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au
This is the responsibility of the person who has care and control of the place or where the place is used by several people the owner/primary caretaker must ensure these systems are in place.
◾️ The SA Health requirement for the Health Services Sector to generate COVID Safe Plans with QR codes is a new and significant change for a large group of organisations;
◾️ Given this cohort has not previously been required to have COVID safe plans a period of 72 hours is being provided to allow SA Health the opportunity to further communicate with the Sector & allow organisations go online and generate COVID safe plans with associated QR codes.
◾️ During this period enforcement action will not be taken, but all business must implement the requirements as soon as possible, & within the 72 hour grace period.

➡️ Masks must be worn in defined health care, residential care, disability support or aged are services. A full list of these services can be found in Schedule 2 of the Direction: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/public-activities

➡️ A single use surgical mask which covers the nose & mouth must be worn by all people including: care providers, patients, clients, residents, admin & other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors & any other person when they are in the presence of other people.
Note- a person is exempt where; the mask will hinder the care which is being provided, there is a medical condition, communication with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing is required, the person is under 12 and the person is a live in staff member or a resident of a residential care facility.

➡️ People providing personal care services must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if they are providing these services at hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours, saunas/bathhouses and any other place which beauty therapy/tanning/waxing/piercing/body modification takes place.

➡️ Indoor play centres, amusement parks and arcades are not permitted to open. These facilities must remain closed & must not allow any member of the public to enter the facilities.

➡️ A SA Health approved COVID Management plan is required where more than 1000 people are expected to attend, or to operate a night club at relevant licensed premises.

➡️ A reminder that a COVID Marshal is required for the onsite purchase & consumption of food or beverages, ceremonies, private function, supermarkets, hardware stores, distribution centres, gymnasiums and fitness centres, swimming pools used by the public, sporting clubs or any event with a COVID Management Plan.

➡️ COVID Marshals are not permitted to undertake any other activities where there are more than 200 people. For more information visit: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/covid-marshals

➡️ The SA Government has released updated COVID-19 advice due to the Parafield cluster. Please note that the wearing of masks is recommended does not form part of the Direction. South Australian residents should wear a mask when physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be observed, e.g. on public transport.

It is acknowledged how broad these restrictions are, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19
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Australian & New Zealand HANDGUN - Issue 19

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Daniel O’Dea reviews the latest Beretta APX modular pistol with Red Dot Optic and Thomas Tabor has written an excellent appraisal of the latest Glock Model 21.

Among our features is an insight into the 1956 Melbourne Olympics by Rod Pascoe, who interviews Peter Papps, one of the ‘men of the moment’.

Handgun aficionado Geoff Smith has penned two interesting pieces on custom loads and accuracy, and John Maxwell has spoken with two of the key players at Army HQ in Canberra.
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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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