Importing anti-personnel devices into Australia The importation of anti-personnel devices is restricted under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. If the item to be imported falls within one of the following definitions, the importer will need to comply with the Regulations by seeking approval to import from the Minister for Justice and Customs: Hand-held electric devices that are designed to administer an electric shock on contact, other IMPORTING than cattle prods designed exclusively for use with animals Acoustic anti-personnel devices that are designed: (a) to cause permanent or temporary incapacity or disability to a person; or (b) to otherwise physically disorientate a person Hand-held battery-operated devices designed to discharge a gas or liquid To import the item, the importer will need to obtain the written permission of both the Minister for Justice and Customs and the police in the State or Territory where the importer resides prior to the goods arrival in Australia. The process for applying for permission to import the above goods is as follows: 1) Contact the Police Firearms Registry in your State/Territory of residence to obtain police approval for importation (B709B); 2) If Police approval is obtained, permission must then be sought from the Minister. The importer should write to the Minister for Justice and Customs, c/o Australian Customs Service, Import/Export Management Branch, 5 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City, ACT, 2601. The request to the Minister must include the original B709B. Penalty: the maximum penalty for importing these goods without import approval is a fine not exceeding $250,000 or imprisonment for 10 years, or both. Police firearm registries contact details ACT 02 6245 7405 SA 08 8204 2495 ACTFirearmsRegistry@afp.gov.au email@example.com www.afp.gov.au/firearms www.sapolice.sa.gov.au NSW 1300 362562 TAS 03 6230 2720 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.police.nsw.gov.au www.police.tas.gov.au NT 08 8922 3543 VIC 03 9247 3142 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.nt.gov.au/pfes www.police.vic.gov.au QLD 07 3364 4416 WA 08 9223 7000 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.policeqld.gov.au www.police.wa.gov.au/firearms For information on any Customs Matters, contact the Customs Information Centre on 1300 363 263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or browse the website www.customs.gov.au March 2002
"Anti Personnel Devices"