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About Us

SSAA Victoria is a public company limited by guarantee and was established on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearms owners’ interests. With over 40,000 members, SSAA Victoria is the state’s largest body representing licensed firearms owners. Administration is handled by the State Office which is governed by a Board of Directors in line with established policies, constitution and by-laws.

We have also introduced an Adjunct Legal Service with Peter Cooper Lawyer attending the State Office three days a week to provide advice on firearms matters. Peter Cooper has specialised in firearms law for many years and is also a firearms enthusiast. SSAA Victoria members can take advantage of his service at a discounted rate. See the Adjunct Legal Service tab below for more details.

  • Board of directors
  • Financial reports
  • Policies
  • Resources
  • By-laws
  • Constitution
  • Insurance
  • Adjunct Legal Service

Board of directors

The SSAA Victoria Board has eleven members. Each director serves a three-year term before their position is up for nominations. Ahead of the Annual General Meeting each year, the entire membership base is given the opportunity to enter a postal vote for Board nominees. The results of the ballot are announced at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in September.

Get to know the directors by reading the short biographies below, or connecting with them via email.


David is a retired senior federal public servant having managed several large defence bases as the IT Operations Manager. Before that, he was a career military officer, commencing as an infantry soldier with the Third Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Now retired, he has the time to devote to overseeing the direction of the SSAA Victoria as a director.

He has a lifelong involvement in target pistol and rifle shooting (civilian and military) having done stints as Club President and Club Captain of a number of pistol and rifle clubs, and as Regional Coordinator for IPSC Victoria in the 1980s. David is also a keen hunter.

I’m committed to the SSAA. I want to continue contributing to: developing regional branches, undertaking advocacy for hunters, future-proofing our ranges by acquiring adjoining properties, and supporting branches, sub clubs and individuals in fielding state competition teams.

Neil Hibble – SENIOR  vice  President

I am a long-term SSAA Victoria member, experienced corporate professional, active hunter and dedicated shooter. My aim is to help build the Association for the future.

While the organisation has been transformed over the last 7 years, there are still things I’d like to see done.

My enthusiasm, experience and skills can serve the organisation well, as I have a strong professional background in administration, finance, budgeting and investment. While I can offer a broad range of skills in stewarding the Association in finance and governance, I believe we should also be looking at future opportunities which will cement the SSAA Victoria as the premier shooting organisation in the state.

I am a good fit with the Board, and given my history as a long-term committee member of the Big Game Rifle Club, working harmoniously with other Board members is a priority.

With respect to longer-term strategic development, it is my commitment to focus on membership growth and retention, youth, hunter education, range acquisition and development, hunting sector cooperation and political advocacy.

Only by building a strong organisation can we secure the future of the shooting sports. And that is what I have committed myself to.

Josh Knight  – JUNIOR  VICE  PRESIDENTJosh Knight

During my time on the board 2019 to 2021, I worked alongside the other directors, increasing SSAA memberships and participation in all areas of shooting sports.

As President at Wodonga, I collaborated with NDIS support services as much as practicable to make the sport of shooting inclusive for all abilities, introduced 5 stand shotgun and helping create SSAA Victoria’s first Biathlon sub club.

I will continue my support and advocacy for regional ranges and clubs, increase female and junior participation and membership, whilst also creating a friendly environment inclusive of all abilities to enjoy across SSAA Victoria whilst building capacity and sustainability.


As an active shooter and long-time Wodonga member, I have given most disciplines a go at some stage, from rifle to shotgun to pistol. As a current committee member, I’ve helped the branch grow. I’ve also developed skills and gained solid experience in dealing with both management and members.

My priorities on the Board will be to develop regional range ownership and membership, including a range in the east, increase hunting opportunities, grow the Association, promote Women on Target, promote training, and look after members.

Our Wodonga committee has worked tirelessly to establish great new facilities and I would work to do the same for other regions and further develop metropolitan ranges.

Like it or not, diversity is important these days, and I will focus on growing our junior and female member bases. Also, I pride myself on my ability to support all segments of our community and have an open mind to ideas that will benefit all members. The Board has done a very good job over the last eight years. But diversity is becoming increasingly important on Boards, and as a regional representative I commit to bringing a fresh approach.


Bill Campbell is an avid pistol shooter, who has been President of Practical Pistol League of Australia for 26 years – since 1992. As President of the PPLA, he has transformed the club from a newly established SSAA sub-club to one of SSAA Victoria’s largest and most respected clubs. PPLA is now the premier IPSC club in Australia because of work Bill was involved in.

Bill was also President of IPSC in Victoria for 16 years. He was also a member of the National Executive, making decisions relating to IPSC Australia-wide.

His professional background involves maintenance and management work. As a maintenance manager at BHP, he had up to 400 people under his leadership and was responsible for maintaining machinery valued at up to $100m.

As a Board member, Bill’s focus will be on advocating to government; retaining, and growing, the membership; finding suitable land for ranges, particularly in the east; and securing access to National Parks for hunters.


Lance has been a shooter since he was 15 years old and a member of SSAA since 1975. Lance has been a member of the Big Game Rifle Club (BGRC) since its inception in 1983. He has served in every position of the BGRC committee, including President.

Field hunting is Lance’s passion and he hunts game birds in season and pursues deer whenever he can escape his work commitments. Lance hunts feral goats and pigs, using visits to his Queensland family stations to help control the numbers. Lance has been fortunate enough to have hunted buffalo in the Northern Territory, camels in Queensland and other feral animals on the edges of the Simpson Desert.

Lance has been actively involved with the Eagle Park Range Consultative Committee for the past 10 years and is proud of what it has achieved.

Being a small business owner for the past 36 years as an electrical contractor in the commercial field, as well as running a security business for the past 20 years, Lance can manage projects from design to completion. He believes this experience has been helpful in his role as a Director of SSAA Victoria.



Anthony was elected to the SSAA Victoria Board at the 2023 AGM.

Anthony is a lifetime competition shooter and hunter. He has represented Victoria in national shooting events and hunted across Australia.

Anthony served in the Army for 21 years, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and went on to a corporate career. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course. Among other jobs, Anthony has helped guide an Australian global business as Group General Manager for Strategy and Development and was a management consultant with Accenture and IBM consulting to Australian and global organisations.


Denis’ background is in the ownership and management of multiple small businesses. Denis was heavily involved in motor racing for many years. For 25 years he held a senior role as Chief Pit Lane Marshal, which saw him training and supervising up to 50 volunteers per meeting.

Denis is keen to secure the future of the SSAA in Victoria, with his energy being channeled into succession planning, establishing new metropolitan shooting ranges and catering to the increased interest in the shooting sports.

Denis is the current President of SSAA Victoria, Junior Vice President of SSAA National and hold positions on the National SHOT Expo sub-committee and finance sub-committee. He is also on the SSAA Insurance Brokers Board.


Henry has been a member of SSAA Victoria since 1992. He is an experienced competition shooter, with a particularly interest in various handgun disciplines. However, his lifelong passion has been hunting.

Henry grew up hunting rabbits and foxes on farms owned by relatives. In more recent times deer stalking has been his sport of choice. In 2014 Henry achieved a life goal of hunting plains game in Africa. Henry is also an active participant in the SSAA Conservation and Pest Management program, which he sees, not as a personal hunting opportunity, but rather as volunteer service for the benefit of the community.

Henry sees growing restrictions and bureaucracy as posing a major threat to the sport. He believes that hunting and fishing are intrinsic and necessary parts of our nature as human beings. Furthermore he sees that hunting and fishing provide the cornerstone to effective environmental land management.

Chris Ryan

I have 41 years’ experience in the law as a Barrister, Crown Prosecutor, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Senior Counsel and Judge to bring to the Board.

I have been an SSAA member for 19 years. I am not affiliated with any group. I shoot at Eagle Park and when time permits hunt on friends’ properties.




Colin Wood is an active hunter. He retired from a management position within SSAA Victoria at the start of 2015 after more than 10 years of service.

Colin has extensive knowledge of hunting and pest control in Victoria and offers sound representation on duck, deer, and quail hunting issues.

Colin’s experience includes 10 years managing hunting and conservation for SSAA Victoria; five years as President of the SSAA Deerstalkers; six years as President of the Victorian Game and Deerstalkers Association; three years as President of the Shooting Sports Council of Victoria (SSCV); five years as President of the SSCV Hunting Committee; 20 years as a farmer and 28 years as a senior manager of Defence Force equipment manufacturing and repairs.



Financial reports

SSAA Victoria makes its financial reports available to members prior to the Annual General Meeting. The financial year runs from May to April. The below reports include a statement of comprehensive income, a statement of financial position, a statement of cash flows and the auditor’s report.



Permit to Acquire template.

This is an example of how to respond to a request from the Licensing and Regulation Division to explain why you require firearms above a certain threshold determined by the Superintendent. You may receive a letter after submitting a Permit to Acquire demanding an explanation for your need to own additional firearms and that if you cannot supply an explanation, the PTA will be refused. This template shows how to layout your letter as your response.


SSAA Victoria has a set of by-laws, which were established in 1999 to regulate the running of the body. Since being established, the current by-laws have been amended several times – in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2015, 2017 and 2021.

To view the current by-laws, click here.


SSAA Victoria adopted a new Constitution in 2020.

To view the current Constitution, click here.


Your SSAA membership provides you with $20 million public liability and personal accident insurance. Public liability insurance covers bodily injury and/or property damage caused by a firearm, while the personal accident insurance protects members participating in sub-club or branch-arranged activities, volunteer work or recreational hunting.

As well as this, members have the option to pay an additional fee and secure $25,000 worth of insurance for their firearms and fixed accessories, through SSAA Insurance Brokers. This is all arranged simply by ticking a box on your membership form, renewal, or by calling the State Office on 03 8892 2777.

Click below to read more on the insurance offered to SSAA members:

Adjunct Legal Service

Lawyer Peter Cooper has been SSAA Victoria’s counsel when it comes to legal matters concerning firearms. His services are now available at State Office in Box Hill.

Under an arrangement with SSAA Victoria, Peter will attend the office three days a week and provide legal advice to Association members at a third of his normal rate.

He can either act on behalf of a member on firearms matters or refer the case where appropriate.

Areas of service offered under our arrangement include:

  • Offences involving alleged breaches of the Wildlife Act 1975 and regulations, and where the Game Management and/or police are involved.
  • Matters involving representation of a member before the Firearms Appeal committee and/or VCAT on rights-based issues.
  • Matters involving the Licensing & Regulation Division, including applications, submissions and re-applications after a period of prohibition including being a member of a proscribed organisation.
  • Advice on and preparation of wills and estates, especially where the estate contains firearms and collectibles.
  • Matters involving prohibited person status and applications to become a non-prohibited person.

Areas of service where Peter Cooper Lawyer will not act for members, but will refer:

  • Family Law matters
  • Domestic disputes and Intervention Orders, where both parties are members
  • Property law matters including conveyancing, where both parties to the transaction are members
  • Planning Law and Subdivisions
  • Trusts, Self-managed Superannuation
  • Defamation
  • Personal Injury

“Becoming a prohibited person is a concern for many firearms users, particularly given the broad arbitrary nature in which it can be imposed,” Peter says.

“It’s possible to make application to be deemed a non-prohibited person with a high probability of success.”

However, it comes at a cost with the estimate for the process at $1320. As a member benefit, an annual $50 subscription is offered where the subscriber would have the process cost covered.

To make an appointment, call Peter Cooper Lawyer on 0430 468 127.