- Young people aged from 12 to 17 who intend to use or own a firearm must apply for a minor's permit.
- You must complete an application form (PDF, 79KB) and lodge it at a service centre.
- You can only use a firearm under the supervision of an adult who holds a firearms licence.
- If you are aged 14-17 and have applied for in-field shooting and your application is approved, you must pass an approved firearms safety course.
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About applying for a minor's firearms permit
A young person who intends to use or own a firearm must:
- be aged between 12 and 17
- have a minor's firearms permit in Tasmania
- use a firearm under supervision of an adult who has held a firearms licence in the same category for at least 12 months
- be able to prove they have a genuine reason to use a firearm.
How to apply
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What you need to apply
You must visit a service centre and:
- bring a completed application form (PDF, 79KB)
- provide proof of identity
- provide supporting evidence (proof) of genuine reason
- pay the fee.
If your application is approved, Firearms Services send you a letter within 21 days to tell you:
- what training you need to complete
- who to contact to arrange training.
Once you have passed the approved firearms safety course, you must visit a service centre again and have your photo taken.
Can I apply?
You can apply if you:
- are aged between 12 and 17
- can show proof that you have a genuine reason for using a firearm
- have a supervisor that has held a firearms licence in the appropriate category for at least 12 months.
If you are aged between 12 and 13, you can only have a permit for target shooting on an approved range.
Proving your identity
If you are less than 14 years old, you must provide one of the following:
- birth certificate, or
- passport, or
- a written statement on letterhead by a principal officer or educational institution.
If you are 14 or over, you must show documents amounting to 100 points when lodging.
These documents must be originals (not photocopies or certified copies).
You can only show one of these
- Passport (70 points)
- Citizenship certificate (70 points)
- Birth certificate (70 points).
- Licence issued under law - a driver licence or current gun licence (40 points)
- Employment ID - card issued by employer with your name and address only (35 points)
- Employment ID - card issued by employer with your name only (25 points)
- Letter from employer within last 2 years confirming name and address (35 points)
- Rates notice (35 points)
- Credit or debit cards/passbooks - only one allowed per institution (25 points)
- Medicare card (25 points)
- Membership card - club, union, trade or professional bodies (25 points)
- Membership card - educational institution (25 points).
If you arrived in Australia less than 6 weeks ago, your passport is worth 100 points.
How much it costs
Permit - other than minors
Permit - minors
Permit - replacement
You do not pay GST on firearms applications.
Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.
American Express (AMEX) payments are no longer accepted at service centres.
Please visit Firearms Services for more information on applying for a minor permit.