Firearm services

Firearm services

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) provides mission critical intelligence tools for police to reduce and solve firearm-related crime in Australia. These include the National Firearm Trace Program, National Firearms Identification Database, the Australian Ballistic Information Network and the Australian Firearms Information Network.

The ACIC’s National Firearm Trace Program is used to determine the history of seized firearms referred to us by police agencies and, where possible, to determine the method of diversion to the illicit market through the collection and use of serial number, importation data and dealer records.

Our agency consolidates the information and creates a national picture of the firearm types in the Australian illicit firearm market – including the criminal use and source of firearms – and supports partner agency investigations.

The program is a unique service that allows our law enforcement partners to submit illicit firearm trace requests. Law enforcement personnel can access the trace request form through their home system.


The National Firearms Identification Database (NFID) is a nationally agreed standard that helps Australian police identify and record firearms in a consistent way. The database is used to identify and characterise a firearm, using details such as make, manufacturer, model, chambering and magazine capacity.

The database assists in ensuring a firearm is described consistently during its registration, during importation or during transfer of ownership and movement across state and territory borders.

The database is available for the public and can be accessed via

Please note: A firearm that is ‘Category Z’ indicates that you need to contact your local registry to clarify the firearm status within your local jurisdiction.

The Australian Firearms Information Network (AFIN) helps police and other law enforcement agencies manage the registration, licensing and movement of firearms coming into Australia and moving between our states and territories.

AFIN provides intelligence and information on a national level about each firearm in Australia known to police and law enforcement agencies, enhancing the current intelligence available.

The Australian Firearms Information Network is referred to as the National Firearms Interface in the Australian Crime Commission Regulations 2002 (ACC Regulations), Regulation 2A(2)(l). A reference to the Australian Firearms Information Network is a reference to the National Firearms Interface for the purpose of the ACC Regulations and the definition of National Policing Information in the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002.

The Australian Ballistic Information Network provides intelligence to police across Australia to help them electronically match crime scene ballistic evidence to the weapon used in the crime. It also links crimes if the same firearm is used at multiple scenes.

The ABIN builds on existing ballistic libraries that operate in a number of states, and allows police to search for a ballistic signature of a firearm to see if it is linked to other crimes across Australia. Firearms leave unique microscopic markings on the surface of fired projectiles. Ballistic experts examine and compare these markings, linking ballistic evidence to crime scenes and recovered firearms. This information is used as an intelligence source to assist in linking firearms to suspects and crimes.

Lithgow sporting rifles guide

The ACIC have produced this guide with the assistance of staff at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum to assist in the identification of both Lithgow Small Arms Factory and Lithgow Arms sporting firearms.


Pistole P-08 identification guide 

This simple 2-page guide will assist in the correct identification of the various manufactures of the Model Pistole P-08 and its variants. Commonly called the ‘Luger’, the identification of this pistol requires attention to markings, the serial number location and the year of production.


National Firearms Agreement

The National Firearms Agreement 2017 constitutes a national approach to the regulation of firearms. In February 2017, the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council agreed to an updated 2017 National Firearms Agreement.

The updated agreement amalgamates the 1996 National Firearms Agreement and 2002 National Handgun Agreement into a single point of reference for firearms regulation in Australia.