Sporting Shooters Association of Australia

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Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia logo.png
Formation 1948
Headquarters Adelaide, South Australia and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Membership 160,000
President Geoff Jones
CEO Tim Bannister
Editor Kaye Jenkins

The Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia (SSAA) was established in 1948 to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests. The SSAA currently has more than 160,000 members, making it the largest body representing licensed firearm owners in Australia, and covers all aspects of recreational shooting and hunting, including firearms collecting and youth education. The SSAA also participates in the ongoing debates on government firearms policies.


The SSAA is organised at the bottom level as local sporting clubs, around locations and/or speciality shooting disciplines or conservation activities. Members may be unaffiliated with a club, or members of one or more clubs. Clubs are organised in branches, where each club sends two voting delegates to the branch AGM. A state may have one or more branches according to the population and size of membership. State level executive teams deal with state level sporting management and legislative issues, and elect the SSAA National Executive Board.


The SSAA at the club and branch level has many thousands of volunteers and officials running competitions and managing facilities of their clubs for all levels of competition. The SSAA manages more than 16 handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting competitions at the local, state, national and international levels, as well as having several branches devoted to historic and collectible firearms.

The SSAA at club and branch level conducts regular safety seminars and practical instruction on firearm safety, and works closely with the firearm industry to promote responsible firearms handling among all shooters in Australia.

The SSAA also comprises an insurance arm, SSAA Insurance Brokers Pty Ptd, which provides general insurance for the majority of major shooting organisations within Australia, as well as public liability insurance for SSAA members while shooting or hunting.

The SSAA is closely involved with the firearms industry, both at a national and international level. In 1999, the SSAA sponsored an international workshop that focused on the marking and identification of firearms for the international law enforcement community, in conjunction with firearm manufacturers and dealers, which was attended by the FBI, Interpol and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Within Australia, the SSAA continues to work closely with the National Firearm Dealers and Traders Council and the office of the Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and Customs in the formulation of workable regulations regarding the importation of firearms into Australia.


The SSAA publishes a range of publications, including the Australian Shooter, Australian Hunter, Australian & New Zealand Handgun, The Junior Shooter, SSAA's Comprehensive Guide to Shooting & Hunting in Australia, Shooting and the SSAA - A Beginner's Guide, A Journalist's Guide to Firearms and the Shooting Sports, ASJ: The political voice of the SSAA, the SSAA National E-newsletter and E-alert, Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook, and more.

The SSAA has won national recognition for controlling feral pests in national parks and farmland throughout Australia, and for presenting the facts about various firearms- and shooting-related issues in an objective and scientific way.

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