Australian Standard AS 1683.15-1976 Indentation Hardness of Rubber and Plastics by Means of a Durometer - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to import firearms into Australia. Imported firearms must meet the safety standards set out in the Regulations.

A firearm, fully cocked and with the safety catch or safety notch (if any) disengaged, must not discharge if it is held with the barrel vertical and dropped 3 times, being re-cocked after each drop, from a height of at least 35 centimetres and not more than 45 centimetres onto a rubber mat that:

  • Is 25 millimetres thick; and
  • Has a hardness reading (in this item called the appropriate hardness reading) of 75/85 when tested in accordance with Part 15 of this Standard.

This standard referenced in legislation has been superseded and is referred to in the Catalogue of Australian Standards as AS 1683.15.1-2000: Methods of test for elastomers - International rubber hardness and AS 1683.15.2-1990: Methods of test for elastomers - Durometer hardness. AS 1683.15.1-2000 specifies methods for the determination of the international rubber hardness of vulcanized or thermoplastic rubbers on flat surfaces and the apparent hardness on curved surfaces. AS 1683.15.2-1990 sets out the procedure for determining durometer hardness of elastomeric materials and the verification of testing equipment.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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Code of Practice

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Australian Standard AS 1683.15-1976 Indentation Hardness of Rubber and Plastics by Means of a Durometer - A copy of this Standard is available for purchase from Standards Australia. Please consult the Contact Officer for further information.

Administering agency

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Client Services

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (Australian Government)

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