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


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
  • 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.

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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Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 AG

Regulation(s) name

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 AG

Administering agency

Department of Home Affairs

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Department of Home Affairs

Operating address: 6 Chan Street
Australian Capital Territory 2617
Mailing address: PO BOX 25
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616
Phone: 02 6264 1111
Phone: 13 18 81
Fax: 02 6225 6970