Collector's Licence - Queensland

Service summary

A Collector's Licence (Weapons) may be issued to an individual or body who wishes to collect weapons.

Groups such as private museums, historical societies and R.S.L.'s wishing to possess firearms will require this licence.

This licence may be endorsed for Category A, B, C, D, E, H, M and R weapons. However the licensee may only possess:

Category D, M or R weapons -

         (i) for firearms - those made permanenetly inoperable or
         (ii) for other weapons - those that are inert.

Category A, B or C weapons that are collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1901, only if the weapons are made temporarily inoperable.

Category H weapons -

          (i) manufactured on or after 1 January 1901 and before January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms (collectable handguns)
          (ii) manufactured on or after 1 January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms and the licensee's licence is endorsed to allow possession of collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1947('modern collectable handguns') or
          (iii) otherwise - they are permanently inoperable.

A collector must not discharge or operate, cause or permit to be discharged or operated any weapon held or proposed to be held under a Collector's Licence, unless authorised to do so under a licence.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Antique firearm

means a thing, mentioned in paragraph (a), (b)(i), (c) or (d) of the definition firearm, manufactured before 1 January 1901, that is one of the following:

  • a muzzle loading firearm; or
  • a cap and ball firearm;
  • or a firearm in relation to which an authorised officer decides under Section 154 that ammunition is not commercially available.
Antique handgun

means an antique firearm, other than a pre percussion handgun that is less than 75 cm in length.

Collectable firearm

means a firearm that is of obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value. For their historic, thematic, commemorative or investment value. Examples: Historic value: A definite period in history must be identified. For example, France, the trench warfare of World War 1. Who used the weapon? Why was this weapon used? These are some points to be addressed. Thematic value: A definite theme must be identified. Who used the weapon? Why was the weapon used? What is the theme (police jurisdiction, armed forces, intelligence organisations or peace keeping operations)? In which sphere of engagement (warfare) was the weapon used? Why was this weapon used as opposed to other similar weapons? Commemorative value: Some weapons have been released as collector weapons. These weapons are strictly commemorative issue, and were released to celebrate certain milestones in history, for example the one-hundredth anniversary of the Winchester Rifle. Investment value: Some weapons due to low numbers manufactured have become very collectable and as such, the value of these weapons is continuing to increase. Weapons released as commemorative issues would also fall into this criterion.


means a person who collects or holds out as being ready to collect, whether on behalf of the collector or another person, a weapon or weapons.



  1. a gun or other thing ordinarily described as a firearm; or
  2. a thing ordinarily described as a weapon that, if used in the way for which it was designed or adapted, is capable of being aimed at a target and causing death or injury by discharging;
    1. a projectile; or
    2. noxious, corrosive or irritant liquid, powder, gas, chemical or other substance; or
  3. a thing that would be a firearm as mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) if it were not temporarily inoperable or incomplete; or
  4. a major component of a firearm; but does not include
  5. an antique firearm, explosive tool, captive bolt humane killer, spear gun, longbow or crossbow; or
  6. a replica of a spear gun, longbow or crossbow; or
  7. a slingshot, shanghai or sword. Example: a replica of a gun capable of causing death or injury by discharging a projectile is a firearm. However, a replica of a gun not capable of causing death or injury by discharging a projectile is not a firearm.


  1. a firearm; or
  2. another thing prescribed under a regulation to be a weapon or within a category of weapon; or
  3. a thing that would be a weapon mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b), if it were not temporarily inoperable or incomplete.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • have attained at least 18 years of age
  • have adequate knowledge of safety practices relating to the use and maintenance of weapons for the category of weapons applied for (by completion of Weapons Act Safety course)
  • not be disqualified by the Weapons Act from holding a licence
  • be a fit and proper person with specific reference to mental state, misuse of drugs, firearm offences involving violence or threatened violence, or subject to an order under the Domestic Violence Act 1989
  • satisfy the authorised officer that you you are going to engage in the collection and preservation or study of weapons
  • your storage complies with Weapons Regulations 1996
  • for permanently inoperable Cat H weapons you comply with Section 60(3) and (4)
  • for weapons other than Cat H and there are more than 30 weapons at the premises section 60(3) and (4) applies
  • over 30 weapons at the premises or temporary inoperable CAT H Section 39-43 applies.


You cannot transfer this licence.


The licence may remain in effect for a maximum term of five years.


See weapons licensing fees, forms and FAQs in other resources.

Other resources


You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Form 1 Application for a Licence, Form 1 Annexure Collectors Application and a Form 30 Proof of Identity Declaration" to your local Queensland Police Station. If you are applying for a Category H (Temporarily inoperable) you also need to submit a QP517 Approved Historical Society Declaration (Collectors Licence).

You can obtain copies of these forms from the website or from a Queensland Police station. Please contact Weapons Licensing Branch for further information.

You must also submit the following documents with the application:

  • your Queensland driver's licence or if you do not have a Queensland driver's licence, another acceptable form of photographic identification for proof of identity, date of birth and residency
  • a completed Weapons Act safety course.

Administering agency

Queensland Police Service
Weapons Licensing

Act(s) name

Weapons Act 1990 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Weapons Regulation 2016 (Queensland)

Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 (Queensland)

Contact details

Senior Sergeant
Queensland Police Service
Weapons Licensing

Operating address:
Floor 7, 46 Charlotte Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 892
Queensland 4001


07 3015 7777


07 3015 7788


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