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Getting Started

Where Do I Start?
How Do I Start Probation?
How Do I Get My Licence?
How Do I Acquire My First Firearm?
I Am Already a Licenced Shooter, How Do I Start?


Where Do I Start?

To get started shooting IPSC, there is a formal procedure that needs to be followed. This includes:

  • Attend Probation and complete the compulsory attendances within the prescribed timeframe
  • Contact the IPSC New Members Co-ordinator to organise tuition with an IPSCACT Instructor
  • Complete and pass the written examinations and obtain your Safety Certificate
  • Print and complete the Adult Firearms Licence Application form
  • Attend an SSPC Club Meeting (third Wed of every month) with your completed licence application form for approval by the club
  • Submit your licence application form to the ACT Firearms Registry (see How Do I Get My Licence?)
  • Once you have collected your licence, you can start the process of acquiring your first firearm
  • Start enjoying shooting IPSC!

NOTE: This information is correct at time of publishing. Always contact the IPSC Section Co-ordinator or the New Members Co-ordinator for current procedures.


How Do I Start Probation?

To start probation, you will need to do the following:

  • Obtain an AFP National Police Check (approx. 2 week turnaround)
  • Obtain 2 character references
  • Contact the New Members Co-ordinator to organise which intake to Probation you will attend
  • Complete the compulsory number of attendances (currently 12) in the timeframe (currently 6 months)
  • Complete and pass the written examinations and obtain your Safety Certificate
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How Do I Get My Licence?

After you have obtained your Safety & Proficiency Certificate, you will need to complete the following steps in order to apply for your firearms licence:

  • Download and complete an Adult Firearm Licence Application
  • Go to an ACT Government Shopfront and pay for a Category H firearms licence. The fee is currently $113 for a 5 year licence
  • Attend an SSPC Club Meeting (third Wed of every month) with your completed licence application form for approval by the club
  • Take your receipt of payment, Safety Certificate, completed and stamped Licence Application form and ID to the ACT Firearms Registry (currently at 86 Vicars Street Mitchell ACT).
  • NOTE: A 28 day waiting period applies before you can collect your licence
  • After 28 days, attend ACT Firearms Registry to collect your licence


How Do I Acquire My First Firearm?

Only after you have obtained your licence will you be able to acquire your first firearm. To do this, you will need to do the following:

  • Go to an ACT Government Shopfront and pay for an Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm (PTA). The fee is currently $15 for permit and $15 for registration
  • After selecting which firearm to purchase, obtain the following information:
    • Type/Action of the firearm
    • Make, model and calibre of the firearm
    • Barrel length of the firearm
    • Serial number of the firearm
    • Dealer's name
    • Dealer's licence number
  • Attend an SSPC Club Meeting (third Wed of every month) with your completed Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm form for approval by the club
  • Take your receipt of payment, completed Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm, completed and stamped Licence Application form and ID to the ACT Firearms Registry (currently at 86 Vicars Street Mitchell ACT).
  • NOTE: A 28 day waiting period applies before you can collect your Permit to Acquire (PTA)
  • After 28 days, attend ACT Firearms Registry to collect your PTA
  • Take your PTA to your firearms dealer and collect the firearm. Ensure dealer completes the relevent section of the PTA to return to the ACT Firearms Registry
  • Return the completed PTA to ACT Firearms Registry within 7 days of collecting the firearm


I Am Already a Licenced Shooter, How Do I Start?

If you already hold a current Category H firearms licence in the ACT, all you will need to do is contact the IPSC New Member Co-ordinator to arrange a time to discuss joining IPSCACT.

If you already hold a current Category H firearms licence in a state other than the ACT, you will need to contact the IPSC Section Co-ordinator to discuss your eligibility for joining IPSCACT.

 

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