NSW Game Hunting R Licence

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NSW Game Hunting R Licence

Before you can apply for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) to hunt on public land, you must complete some training and be a member of an approved hunting club. This helps ensure hunters are responsible, competent and have a heightened awareness of legislation, public safety and animal welfare.

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Entry Requirements


  • be over 12 years of age
  • be a member of an Approved Hunting Organisation (AHO) or you will need to join a club. Asset Firearm and Crossbow Club can assist you with this.

Please be advised we are unable to train students on a student visa. You must find a CRICOS registered training provider.

What will I need to provide to enrol?

  • Enrolment Form
  • USI
  • Photo Identification
  • Payment

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Delivery Options

The R-Licence Accreditation Course:

  • takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete
  • is an open-book test
  • is multiple-choice.

‘Open-book’ means you can look through the Hunter Education Handbook, which is supplied to you at the venue, for answers to the multiple-choice questions. It’s your ability to think critically and creatively that is being tested, not your ability to memorise and recall facts.

Completing the accreditation test

Section 1: The first part of the accreditation test is mandatory. It comprises 20 multiple-choice questions which are focused on hunting law and the Hunters Code of practice.

Questions cover:

  • code of practice and the law
  • animal welfare
  • safe hunting practices
  • ethics and conservation.

Section 2: The second part of the accreditation test covers the four legal hunting methods for public land. Known as ‘R-Licence categories’, you must attempt the questions at least one category for your licence application. There are 10 questions for each category – you may choose to complete only 10 questions for one category, or up to 40 questions for all categories.

Categories are:

  • firearms (rifles and shotguns)
  • firearms (blackpowder)
  • bows
  • dogs.

It’s important to choose your categories carefully as you may only hunt using the methods you are accredited for. For example, if you do not choose the Hunting with Dogs category, your licence will not permit you to hunt with a dog. You may add categories at a later time, however you may need to pay the Hunter LEAP Provider’s R-Licence Accreditation Course fee again.

Passing the test: To pass the R-Licence Accreditation Course you must achieve a score of 100%.

For incorrect answers, you will be given two attempts to find the correct answer. Should you not achieve 100% following these attempts, you will be asked to study the Hunter Education Handbook and reattempt the accreditation test at a later date.


After completing this course, you may be interested in attending further firearms training with Asset College including:

Course Fees

The administrative fee charged by Asset College to assist you in completion of the accreditation test is $40.

This is separate to the fee required for an R-Licence Application.

Firearms Licensing

For all licensing information regarding Category R please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.


“I recently completed my firearm safety course at Asset College. The day was well organised with theoretical and practical components for the day providing a really good overall experience. The instructor was knowledgeable and I appreciated his quirkiness throughout his educating.”

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