Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Australia. 2008 ‘Destruction of Surplus Small Arms and Light Weapons.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), pp. 6-7. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 July
The ADF and other national and State and Territory agencies closely monitor their firearms requirements and stocks. If a particular ADF weapon is declared out of service, disposal action will be commenced.
Weapons are destroyed (usually by smelting), or occasionally they may be on-sold.
The same process occurs for weapons declared surplus to requirement. However, surplus weapons may be held in long-term storage as War Reserve Stocks.