Become a Member

The NSC has become the most progressive and effective political organisation for Australian shooters.

We’ve done a lot for our members. We’ve exposed terrible political and regulatory practices through the media, helped shooters keep their licences and won legal actions that help all shooters.

By becoming a member you not only help us achieve these things but will receive regular updates on what we’re doing to help shooters across Australia.

We now also offer Genuine Reason for hunters in Queensland, New South Wales (R licence), the ACT and Victoria – which helps you to keep your licence.

That means we offer membership with two options. From 1 April 2022, prices include GST.

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Regular Membership
$38 for 1 year
It provides for Regular membership ($38 a year) or pensioner membership ($28 a year). Membership is a subscription that supports the work we do – plus you will get all of our email updates.
Regular Membership & Genuine Reason
$88 for 1 year
Option 1 plus ‘genuine reason’ for hunting in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria ($88 for regular membership, $78 for pensioners) – including $20m Public Liability insurance. On that page we also provide copies of the regulatory approvals for each of those states and insurance certificate of currency. Genuine reason is provided by the Hunters & Shooters Society of Australia. It is for hunting, and should not be confused with game licences.


$88 for 1 year

This is Regular Membership + gun collecting in Victoria as genuine reason. For $88 per year ($78 for pensioners).  There are special requirements that you must meet before you can get this. 

If you are already a member of the NSC and would like to add Genuine Reason, then here’s what you can do:

  1. Email us at for your discount code;
  2. Join using Option 2 or 3 (and the discount voucher). The net cost of getting genuine reason will be $50.

What happens next?

You will get instant confirmation of your membership with the NSC by email.

If you have selected Option 2, we will pass your information to the HSSA before the end of the week. As you will see on the page for Option 2, you will need to complete and send the “Deed of Assumption” to the HSSA for insurance purposes. Once received, the HSSA will send you a certificate of membership (which you will need to keep and produce to your local regulator) within 14 days. The NSC will then pay the HSSA for their costs.

Option 3 requires information to be provided to HSSA before you can join as a gun collector in Victoria.

The NSC will manage the renewal process.

The NSC is not responsible for conduct or liabilities of the HSSA, nor is the HSSA responsible for the conduct or liabilities of the NSC

If you have any enquiries about this, please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Frequently asked questions

How can I pay my membership?

You can pay by credit card or PayPal.  You can also pay by direct deposit to:

BANK: Bendigo Bank
NAME OF ACCOUNT: National Shooting Council
BSB: 633 000
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 185 953 338

Please make sure your name or order number (which is given to you during the checkout process) is in the reference field so we can match it up at our end.

What is the difference between NSC Genuine Reason and my Victorian Game Hunting Licence?

Both the NSC membership and the Victorian Game Hunting Licence will provide you with a Genuine Reason to own category A and B Firearms. However, with your NSC membership funds will go towards fighting for better gun laws.

Additionally, you will automatically become a member of a NSW Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) and may be able to hold a NSW game hunting licence, for further hunting opportunities.

A portion of your fees will go towards your $20 million-dollar public liability insurance cover, assist us in obtaining genuine reasons in other states as well as build on the genuine reasons categories and types in Victoria.

How is the NSC a genuine reason in NSW (and ACT)?

Your membership with the NSC meets the Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) requirements for you to apply for a Restricted Game Licence in NSW. You must have a valid AHO membership to maintain your NSW Restricted Game Licence.

However, it is your NSW Restricted Game Licence which is your genuine reason in conjunction with your NSC membership.

The ACT Registry advises that it recognises the NSW R licence as satisfying recreational hunting as genuine reason in that territory.

Will I get a NSC membership card?

At this point in time we do not issue membership cards – because there is nowhere to use them!

However if you take out genuine reason, you will receive an electronic membership certificate from our partner, the HSSA. This certificate will meet the legal requirements to prove your genuine reason to own firearms.

Do you offer Firearms Insurance?

At this stage we can not offer firearm insurance.

Can you take legal action for me?

While we have taken legal action in some instances, we simply do not have the ability to represent everyone.

One of the main things we look for when deciding on whether we can help, is whether the matter is important for the broade shooting community.

However even if we can’t help you directly, we may still be able to give you some guidance on what you can do. If your problem relates to keeping a firearms licence for any reason (including AVOs) you might want to click here for some useful tips.