Firearm services

Firearm services

We provide valuable tools for police to reduce and solve firearm-related crime in Australia. These include the Australian Ballistic Information Network, Australian Firearms Information Network, National Firearms Identification Database and the National Firearm Trace Program.

The Australian Ballistic Information Network helps police across Australia 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.

This national solution 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.

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 a national view of information available about each firearm in Australia known to police and law enforcement agencies, improving and enhancing the current information available to support law enforcement agencies and the officers who protect our communities.

When fully integrated with police and law enforcement agencies, AFIN will replace the National Firearm Licensing and Registration System (NFLRS) which holds current state and territory firearm licensing and registration records.

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 National Firearms Identification Database (NFID) is a reference tool 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, model, chambering and capacity.

The database assists 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.

NFID Make and Manufacturer, Running sheet and Cartridge-chambering list

These data sets may assist in identifying the manufacturer of your firearm. The files are reviewed daily updated versions will be available at this location on a regular basis.

The file NFID Make and Manufacturer is the current list of firearm make and manufacturer names used within the NFID. The manufacturer of the firearm frame or receiver is identified by the Australian Gun Code (AGC).  If you sort the data by the AGC you will observe the actual manufacturer of numerous common make names.

The file NFID Cartridge-chambering list is the current list of ammunition designations used within the NFID.

The file NFID Running sheet is the current list of NFID firearm templates that the ACIC have updated or created. This list does not encompass all the firearm templates that are currently included within the NFID.

Category Z indicates you will have to contact your local registry to clarify the firearm category status within your jurisdiction.

Please note: Due to the implementation of the NFID Public Website, the NFID Running sheet will be no longer be available from 30 June 2022.

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 two-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.

The ACIC National Firearm Trace Program allows our law enforcement partners to submit web-based illicit firearm trace requests. Our agency consolidates the information and creates a national picture of the firearm types in the Australia illicit firearm market, and the diversion methods used to reach that point. Law enforcement can email us to request a National Firearm Trace Program account.

Access the National Firearm Trace Program