Scientific Purposes Permit - New South Wales


You will need this permit if you intend to possess and use a firearm for the purposes of conducting legitimate scientific research (research endorsed by a legitimate research body or university).

You will need to establish the basis of the research and in particular the need for firearms in the conduct of the research.

This permit also authorises specified employees to be listed on the permit to use and possess a firearm to assist in the scientific research. The acquisition of firearms are limited to longarms, pistols and tranquilliser and these need to be registered.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit, you must:

  • provide a certificate of successful completion of a firearms safety training course (if required)
  • provide written confirmation of details of the research project, purpose of the project, duration and location of the research to be conducted
  • show that the research is legitimate scientific research
  • show that the firearm is necessary in the conduct of that research
  • provide proof of identity (if no other NSW firearms licence or permit is held or been held).

Businesses, clubs or other organisations must supply their ABN, ACN, business registration certificate and public liability insurance documentation.

You may also need to complete an approved firearms safety training course. This requirement is dependent on whether you have previously held a firearms licence or permit in New South Wales.

Further eligibility requirement details are outlined in the attached documents.


Maximum of five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $75.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $75.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 New South Wales


You cannot transfer this permit to another person.

Administering agency

Department of Communities and Justice

NSW Police Force

Firearms Registry

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.