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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 around 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
  • Our constitution
  • Our by-laws
  • 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.

DENIS MORONEY – PresidentDenis Moroney

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.

DAVID SCHERECK – senior vice president

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 – including lobbying for sound moderators; future-proofing our ranges by acquiring adjoining properties; and supporting branches, sub clubs and individuals in fielding state competition teams.

MARION BARNES- junior vice president

Marion is an active committee member at SSAA Shepparton Branch, where her role is Publicity Officer and Event Organiser. She initiated the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Girls with Guns events, attracting close to 100 women to each. Marion also organised four Shooters for Hooters Pink Ribbon Charity Events and three Blue Ribbon charity events in support of the local Police, both attracting huge publicity for the sport.

Marion has served three terms on the Victorian Government Shooting Sports Facilities Program grants committee, was a Justice of the Peace for 10 years and continues to work on the positive promotion of the shooting sports. She is passionate about promoting the inclusiveness of the shooting sports by getting out among the members busting clays every weekend..

ROSS FARMER – secretary

Ross brought to the Board his extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant and CPA. He also had Director and CFO level experience in diverse corporate environments.

Ross has specialist skill sets in corporate governance and compliance; financial management and accountability; risk assessment and management; project and change management; and stakeholder management.

He brings to the Board a sound knowledge of Board Charters and Codes of Conduct. Ross has been a member of the SSAA since 2003.

Ross is the current Secretary of SSAA Victoria.


Jeff Kuyken has been involved in SSAA for more than 20 years. In his free time, Jeff hunts fox, duck and deer, and enjoys breaking a clay or two.

Jeff’s interest in SSAA began with his involvement in establishing the Field Hunters Club, of which he is a past President. He then joined the State Board of Directors, where he served in a number of positions, including Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and Secretary, over 20 years.

Jeff works full-time as a building contractor in the commercial and domestic construction industries. His passion for SSAA has never waned over the years and he maintains a strong desire to see the shooting sports progress and expand into the future.

Jeff is also the Victorian delegate of the SSAA National Board.


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.

Josh knight

Josh has been a member of the SSAA since 1990s and is the current President of the SSAA Victoria Wodonga Branch.

He is a been shooting since childhood and was originally a member of the Portland Branch where he shot benchrest.

He joined Wodonga after moving there in 2004 and is a keen hunter in the region. Josh is also a keen competitor in hunter class competitions including Fly Shoot

Wanting to help the Wodonga Branch progress in a positive direction, Josh joined the committee in 2011 and soon progressed to President, being voted into the seat 2015.

In his time as Wodonga Branch President, Josh has overseen many range improvements and increased member participation. He now serves on the SSAA Victoria Board of Directors keen to advocate for regional branches and help them grow into vibrant and successful shooting environments.


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.


David is one of the youngest people serving on the SSAA Victoria Board and recognises that the youth of today are the are future of hunting and target shooting.

With almost 18 years of experience in the IT industry as a specialist consultant, David has extensive experience in project management, design and implementation of corporate and government IT systems, services and infrastructure all across Australia.

As a keen hunter and target shooter, David has also been involved with a number of sub-clubs, as former Secretary of the Deerstalkers Club and Treasurer of the Arms and Militaria Collectors Club. David also volunteers as a Range Officer, assisting fellow shooters and newcomers on the ranges.

David’s focus is on ensuring SSAA Victoria continues to grow as an organisation in a positive direction, especially for the representation of members’ interests and the broader hunting and target shooting community.


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.


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.


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.

Our constitution

The current constitution was written at the inception of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) in 1973 and since then it has seen many additions and amendments.

The constitution is the cornerstone of the SSAA Victoria and it is the responsibility of the State Office to ensure it represents our values.

Proposed constitution changes

Bringing SSAA Victoria’s constitution into the 21st century is nearly complete and we’re inviting final comments on the attached draft. Next year the Association will vote on whether or not to adopt the changes, so we want to make sure everyone has had the chance to have input.

The main reason behind the update is to make it compliant with the current Corporations Act 2001. The existing constitution was written in 1973 when SSAA Victoria became a company and since then, times and regulations have changed.

Updating the constitution also provides the opportunity to make it fairer for our members and to better protect their rights.

Proxy voting, for instance, is not permitted under the existing constitution, and there is no provision to use new technology to assist with voting. The draft constitution allows for these provisions and further allows for a process for member motions to be put.

Another proposed change is to define “other business” and remove the 180-day notice period for tabling such business at an annual general meeting.

Company secretary Ross Farmer has been working on the draft constitution with a member sub-committee whose input has been included.

Not only is the proposed constitution conducive to better corporate compliance, it acts to better protect member rights by allowing more options into the decision-making process, and by better defining the processes by which members may have input.

The proposed changes are of four types:

  1. Mandatory changes, where the requirements of the current constitution are in conflict with or don’t address the requirements of the Corporations Act.
  2. Changes that provide greater flexibility for member input, eg. where the current Constitution precludes the use of electronic voting at general meetings.
  3. Expansion of the constitution to cover gaps in procedures and to put details about those procedures into By Laws. For example, direct and proxy voting conventions are better covered under the changes, while the procedural detail about those voting conventions are better put into the By Laws.
  4. Terminology changes, such as modernisation of wording, and consistent use of Board to replace State Executive Council, Executive Council and Executive.

Summary of Changes

Decisions of General Meetings

Direct voting

Changes have been made to incorporate direct electronic voting to encourage more participation in the voting process.

Proxy voting

The right to vote via proxy is a fixed Corporations Act 2011 rule that cannot be removed by a public company. The existing constitution improperly removes this right.

The changes bring in requirements for the conduct of meetings, including voting procedures. A limit to the number of proxy votes held by one person is also introduced to stop rorting of the process.

Member Motions

The member motion section has also been overhauled to set out clear guidelines for members to put motions before a general meeting.

The existing allowances in the constitution for member motions are in breach of the Corporations Act 2001, so these changes also satisfy legal requirements.

The proposed changes introduce the thresholds required by the Corporations Act that filter out motions by small minorities and minimise conflicting motions.

The changes do not stop members from having input into matters to be decided at a general meeting through other means, such as decisions of a state conference.

Matters to be considered by a General Meeting


The requirement for 180-days’ notice for other business at an annual general meeting has been removed. “Other business” has also been defined.

Conduct of General Meetings

Use of Technology in General Meetings

Provision has been made to allow (though not require) the use of electronic voting for the purposes of attending general meetings.

Adjournments and Postponements

Provisions better covering these contingencies have been added.


The proposed modernised constitution may be found here.

Our by-laws

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 and 2017.

To view the current by-laws 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.