The Sporting Shooters’ Association was established in 1948 in order to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners’ interests. Those roles remain the same today and with over 200,000 members the SSAA is the premier body representing licensed firearm owners in Australia.

Our Publications

The SSAA produces a range of national publications, including Australian Shooter magazine, the Australian Shooters Journal, Hunter and Australian & New Zealand Handgun. Australian Shooter has an audited monthly distribution figure of more than 98,000 copies.

United Nations & Lobbying

The SSAA has official Non-Government Organisation status within the United Nations. It also lobbies state and federal governments on behalf of its members.


The department is responsible for gathering data from a range of sources, providing material for publication in the Australian Shooters Journal and coordinating various research projects and initiatives.


The SSAA has won national recognition for its participation in the control of feral pests in both national parks and on pastoral lands throughout Australia. The SSAA has recently purchased two large tracts of land with a view to preserving a number of endangered species.

Youth Development and Gun Safety Education

The SSAA conducts regular safety seminars and practical instruction on firearm safety. The Association works closely with the firearm industry in the promotion of responsible firearms handling among junior shooters across Australia.


The SSAA manages more than a dozen handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting competitions at the local, state, national and international level.


Your SSAA membership provides you with $20 million public liability and personal accident insurance. Public liability insurance covers bodily injury and/or property damage caused by a firearm, while the personal accident insurance protects members participating in sub-club or branch-arranged activities, volunteer work or recreational hunting.

As well as this, members have the option to pay an additional fee and secure $25,000 worth of insurance for their firearms and fixed accessories, through SSAA Insurance Brokers. This is all arranged simply by ticking a box on your membership form, renewal, or by calling the insurance brokerage on 08 8332 0281.

Industry Liaison

The SSAA is closely involved with the firearms industry, both at a national and international level. The SSAA has also worked closely with the National Firearm Dealers and Traders Council and the office of the Minister for Justice and Customs in the formulation of workable import regulations.

SSAA Website –

Through its website the SSAA makes extensive use of the internet to keep members and supporters informed of legislative developments, media reports and general matters of interest. The Association is also in regular contact with firearm dealers across Australia.