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 [Australian Defence Force] 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.
In the event of a sale, the transfer of the weapon is effected according to the aforementioned procedures governing weapons exports. This ensures that the sale complies with relevant Australian Government policy, and arms or weapons are sold only to approved purchasers, using the mechanism of end-user certification.
In both the case of disposal by sale and/or destruction, official stocks are strictly controlled by the Defence Materiel Organisation using extant procedural requirements, including the recording of all serial numbers.
Firearms surrendered under the 1996 buyback of long arms and the 2003 buyback of handguns were destroyed.
Firearms seized by Customs as prohibited imports/exports are also destroyed under the provisions of the Customs Act 1901.