PLEASE NOTE: Due to Safety requirements all Applicants MUST be able to Speak, Read and Comprehend English.
Applicants who do not already hold a NSW Cat. H pistol License are introduced to the Club through a training program lasting three months. There are three intakes each year, in February, May and August. Unlicensed Applicants must read this section and all other pages in the "Join" section, only then should they proceed to Apply Online.
Applicants must be Australian Citizens or if Foriegn Nationals must have held a Permanent Residency Visa for 5 years to obtain membership ( Proof of residency & period must be supplied at interview )
The 3 month Training Program for Unlicensed Applicants involves a commitment to attend three Full Day Sunday Seminars, AND attendance for seven separate Saturdays (appx. 2 hours each) for Training, pistol practice sessions and complete matches. The Seminar dates and most of the practice sessions are set dates/times, there is very little flexibility within the Training Program. If you cannot commit to the program, due to work, study or family commitments - please consider very carefully whether you will be able to complete the course of training required. The club's approval is needed to get a probationary pistol license - failure to complete the Training will result in Firearms Registry rejecting your license application or cancelling your probationary license if issued.
The NSW Firearms Registry (FAR) enforces a variety of reasons for refusing the granting of a firearms license. These include any offences relating to drugs, violence or firearms. Refer to NSW FAR FAQ for more details.
If you are subject to any of these then you will not be granted a license and so there is no point in you seeking to join the Club and going through the induction process. If you are not sure, then contact FAR in the first instance to enquire about your eligibility.
Membership fees for new members must be paid within 7 days of the club's offer of enrollment.
Juniors are accepted from 12 years of age provided they have parental approval and will be adequately supervised. The Membership Parental Consent Form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian if a junior is applying.
Begin the process by Applying Online. The Membership Officer will be in contact regarding an interview and the next steps.
Prospective members should NOT turn up to an Induction night without an approved online application, being allocated an intake group and paying their fees.
If you are interested in joining the club please contact the Membership Officer via email in the first instance.
Applicants who already hold a NSW Cat H license and those seeking to Transfer from another club, Interstate or Overseas license holders may download the Membership Application Form (PDF) here. (Only download this application here if you already have a Cat H license). All Licensed applicants must be either Australian Citizens or if Foreign Nationals, must have held a Permanent Residency Visa for 5 years (Proof of residency & period must be supplied at Interview). Applications must include two written personal character references from Australian Citizens or current Members of the St Ives Pistol Club and must be over the age of 18, who have known you for at least two years - NOT people you work with or close relatives.
Each reference must be addressed to St Ives Pistol Club and not "to whom it may concern".
Each reference must affirm the applicant is of good character and contain the statement "I understand he/she (as applicable) wishes to join the St Ives Pistol Club to participate in Target Pistol Competition"
Each reference must contain the referees Full Name, Home address and after hours contact phone number, Drivers License number and State of Issue (NSW, Qld etc.) You must advise the Referee that they will be contacted.
Please make prior arrangements with the Membership Officer to bring your completed Application Form, the written character references and a non-refundable Application Fee of $150, in cash, to the Club facility at St Ives on a non-public holiday Saturday.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Safety requirements all Applicants MUST be able to Speak, Read and Comprehend English. Applicants may be required to undergo a basic English language test; by lodging an application you acknowledge and agree to a test being conducted and that the results must be to the St Ives Pistol Club's sole satisfaction for any application to be accepted.
All Transfers, Interstate or Overseas licensed applicants may not be required to undergo training but will be required to undertake a Safety and Proficiency test with an appointed official prior to the membership being granted or rejected. Interstate and Overseas applicants must supply their relevant license at the interview.
Applications for membership are not automatically accepted. Applicants must be of good character and reputation, and either hold or be eligible to hold a Firearms Licence. NSW Police do not usually grant a licence where the applicant has a prior criminal conviction or is the subject of any order relating to violence or firearms.