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Official New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course

New R-Licence applicants can take this New South Wales-approved course to qualify for a Restricted Game Hunting Licence.

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Do you need the New South Wales R-Licence?

The Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) allows you to hunt game and feral animals on public land that has been declared and opened to hunting, or on private land with the permission of the landholder.

Get licenced in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $40.00 AUD course.

  2. Print or save your R-Licence Accreditation Form.

  3. Apply to the NSW DPI for your R-Licence.

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Requirements

There is no minimum age to take this course. You must be at least 12 years old to apply for an R-Licence.

You do not have to be a resident of New South Wales to take this online course.

About this course

The online R-Licence Accreditation course has been divided into two (2) sections.

  1. Compulsory learning – NSW Hunter Education program

    This section contains compulsory learning that will give you the basic knowledge required to be safe, ethical and responsible hunters.

  2. R-Licence categories

    There are three (3) hunting methods permitted to be used when hunting on public land in NSW:

    • Firearms (rifles, shotguns and blackpowder firearms)
    • Bows
    • Dogs

These methods are referred to as ‘R-Licence categories’. To use any of these hunting methods on public land, you must first become accredited for the relevant category by completing the training module in this course. You can choose to complete any combination of the R-Licence categories; however you must complete at least one (1).

Once you have successfully completed Section 1 and your choice of R-licence categories, you must print out or save the Accreditation Form that you receive for each section and category. These Accreditation forms must be attached to your R-Licence application.

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This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Hunting safety education established by New South Wales. Hunter Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Hunting laws and regulations.

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Made in North America in Collaboration with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

This hunter safety course is proudly made to meet the NSW Department of Primary Industries education standards.

How do I get my New South Wales R-Licence?

1. Study and pass the online course.

Pay the $40.00 AUD New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course fee, study the course and pass the Final Exam.

2. Print or save your R-Licence Accreditation Form.

After successfully completing the online course, you’ll be able to immediately print out or save your R-Licence Accreditation Form. Your R-Licence Accreditation Form is not a licence and does not permit you to hunt on New South Wales public land.

3. Apply to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries to get your R-Licence.

Go to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries website and complete the application form. Make sure you attach your R-Licence and your evidence of your Approved Hunting Organisation membership.

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New South Wales Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course cost?

The New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course fee is $40.00.

Taking the Course

Do you need the New South Wales R-Licence?

The Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) allows you to hunt game and feral animals on public land that has been declared and opened to hunting, or on private land with the permission of the landholder.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

There is no minimum age to take this course. You must be at least 12 years old to apply for an R-Licence.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course approved by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries?

The New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course is approved and accepted by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for the purpose of applying for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence).

Is my New South Wales R-Licence accepted elsewhere?

All U.S. states, provinces, and other countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the New South Wales R-Licence. Likewise, New South Wales will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you can take it again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The final exam is the exam you take at the end of the online courses. You must score at least 95%, allowing for two incorrect answers on the final exam in Section 1. You must score at least 90%, allowing for one incorrect answer on the final exam in each licence category. You will be given one attempt to pass the final exams. For each exam that you do not pass, you will be required to repeat the entire course. If you do not complete an exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About your Accreditation

What is the proof of online New South Wales Online R-Licence Accreditation Course completion?

Once you pay for and pass the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the R-Licence. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the R-Licence right then and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you.

What is the R-Licence Accreditation Form?

The R-Licence is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements and qualifies you to apply for an R-Licence. Your Online R-Licence is not a licence and does not permit you to hunt on NSW public land.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my R-Licence Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost or destroyed R-Licence Card, you can order a duplicate by calling +61 2 6363 7650 or emailing [email protected].

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