AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
- To promote and improve the role of the sporting shooter in Australia.
- To help educate young people in the skills of hunting, shooting and proper care and safe handling of firearms.
- To encourage all hunters to abide by a strict code of ethics.
- To work for a better understanding between landholder and Association member.
- To actively advocate game conservation and assist appropriate authorities in game management programs.
- To act as an effective and credible voice, representing all Australian shooters to the public, community leaders and authorities.
SSAA CODE OF ETHICS
SSAA members undertake to adhere to the following basic ethical requirements (breach of which may result in suspension of membership or expulsion from the Association).
- Having first obtained a landholder’s permission to shoot on his property, members consider themselves to be invited guests, so that they will be welcome on subsequent visits.
- They obey the rules of safe firearm handling and diplomatically yet firmly insist others to do the same.
- They obey relevant game laws and regulations.
- They acquire marksmanship and hunting skills which will ensure clean harvesting of game.
- They support game conservation programs.
- And, most importantly, they pass on to youngsters the attitudes to game and conservation and the skills of safe firearms ownership which are the hallmark of the sporting shooter.
WHAT WE DO
The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia was established in 1948 in order to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners’ interests. Those roles remain the same today and with more than 135,000 members, the SSAA is the premier body representing licensed firearm owners in Australia.
MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS
The SSAA Media & Publications department produces a range of national publications, including the monthly Australian Shooter, quarterly Australian Hunter, annual Australian & New Zealand Handgun and the periodicals Australian Shooters Journal: The political voice of the SSAA and The Junior Shooter. Australian Shooter magazine has an audited monthly distribution figure of more than 115,000 copies. www.australianshooter.com.au
The SSAA makes extensive use of the internet to keep members and supporters informed of legislative developments, media reports, industry news and general matters of interest. www.ssaa.org.au
UNITED NATIONS & LOBBYING
The SSAA has official Non-Government Organisation status within the United Nations and regularly participates in international discussions. It also has a Federal Parliamentary presence to liaise and communicate with Australia’s elected leaders and those departments that affect our chosen sport.
The SSAA research department gathers data from a range of sources, providing material for publication in the Australian Shooter magazine and ASJ periodicals and coordinating various research projects and initiatives.
The SSAA is closely involved with the firearms industry, both at a national and international level. The SSAA has also worked closely with the National Firearm Dealers and Traders Council and the office of the Minister for Justice and Customs in the formulation of workable import regulations.
CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
The SSAA has won national recognition for its participation in the control of feral pests in both national parks and on pastoral lands throughout Australia. The SSAA owns several large tracts of land with a view to preserving a number of endangered species.
The SSAA manages more than a dozen handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting competitions at local, state, national and international levels.
SSAA Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd provides all general insurance for most major shooting organisations within Australia.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & GUN SAFETY EDUCATION
The SSAA conducts regular safety seminars and practical instruction on firearm safety. The Association works closely with the firearm industry in the promotion of responsible firearms handling among junior shooters across Australia.