Outdoor ranges may reopen at their discretion

Outdoor ranges may now reopen at the discretion of their range management. SSAA NSW owned ranges must follow the previously distributed SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures document.

Ranges not owned by SSAA NSW may use the procedures document as a guideline should they choose to but, are only required to comply with NSW Government health advice.

Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures

On Tuesday, 12 May, SSAA NSW released a framework document providing procedures for the reopening of SSAA NSW owned ranges (and suggested procedures for other ranges).

This document was based on the Premier’s announcement of the Stage 1 ease in restrictions for NSW, as well as consultation with government agencies. Stage 1 allows outdoor gatherings of 10 people, use of outdoor equipment and the reopening of community centres.

Inquiries Regarding Reopening Procedures

We received overwhelming support from branches and members across NSW with regards to the framework. However, we received a handful of inquiries with regards to the ability to reopen ranges. We took steps to address those inquiries in further discussions with various government departments, which resulted in a one week delay, whilst we sought clarification in the interest of all members.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process and we are pleased that the original advice provided was correct.

There was no significant impact on ranges from this short delay, as there are many physical distancing and logistical preparations to be implemented in order to reopen to meet Stage 1 guidelines.

The short notice from NSW Government did not provide much time for some ranges to prepare and we appreciate that for some ranges, preparations are ongoing.

Confirmation of Previously Published Information

SSAA NSW can now confirm that the Stage 1 SSAA NSW Shooting Range Reopening Procedures are correct and follow all restrictions and requirements from Government.

Outdoor Ranges May Reopen at their own Discretion

SSAA NSW reiterates its previous communication that having the ability to open a range does not mean that it must open. The decision to open will be at the discretion of your local range management. Please be guided by your local range as to recommencement dates.

We ask for patience, as some ranges require more preparations than others for various reasons including size, required material availability, infrastructure, layout of range, volunteer availability and their own risk assessments.

Range Reopening Information

SSAA NSW has been in contact with some branches/ranges who have advised of the position of individual ranges. This is not a definitive list, as committees are finalising their positions. We will share updates on the SSAA NSW Website and Facebook page, as more ranges reopen.

Sydney Branch:

  • Will be opening SOME ranges for shooting from Saturday 30 May 2020.
  • SSAA Sydney Branch will provide further announcements in the coming days outlining booking processes and updated range operational procedures, to meet the prescribed social distancing and crowd gathering guidelines.

Albury Branch

  • SSAA (NSW) Albury Branch range will reopen as of Saturday 23 May 2020.
  • All sessions are strictly by appointment only. If you do turn up without a prior booking you will be turned away.

Goulburn Branch

  • The Goulburn range will reopen on Sunday 24 May 2020 for its first calendar meet.
  • A maximum of five shooters will be permitted to shoot at any one time.


  • The SSAA ACT JMK Range will reopen on Monday 25 May 2020.
  • You will need to book a time slot to use the Range.
  • SSAA ACT Disciplines/Clubs/Sections will resume their scheduled shoot from Saturday 23 May 2020.


This advice is not for indoor ranges and further announcements will be made in the future regarding this. We are working towards a position where more than 10 people can shoot, subject to compliance with Government guidelines and physical distancing measures.

We continue to advocate on behalf of our 56,000 members and look forward to the further easing of restrictions and the full resumption of our sport.

Thank you,

Lance Miller - President, SSAA NSW
Jai Rowell - CEO/Executive Director, SSAA NSW

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here

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