Still waiting for the PTA (online) after a week. Normal?

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Still waiting for the PTA (online) after a week. Normal?

Post by thunderbird » 30 Jan 2019, 4:33 pm

Submitted the PTA online on 24 Jan, status is still being processed. Just wonder how long does it take normally? It is not my first PTA (got a 9mm pistol a few years ago). I thought it should be no delay (no 28 days cooling off) for the non-first PTA? Or it needs 28 days because I am getting a rim fire pistol this time? Or simply just because police is slow? :lol:
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Post by deye243 » 30 Jan 2019, 10:59 pm

thunderbird wrote:Submitted the PTA online on 24 Jan, status is still being processed. Just wonder how long does it take normally? It is not my first PTA (got a 9mm pistol a few years ago). I thought it should be no delay (no 28 days cooling off) for the non-first PTA? Or it needs 28 days because I am getting a rim fire pistol this time? Or simply just because police is slow? :lol:


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Post by TassieTiger » 31 Jan 2019, 8:37 am

Your having a laugh, yeah ? Add in Aust day and a day to recover from that (if they did not actually extend the weekend a couple of days with "owed time" + the dead brain cells that now impede the office staff from the obligatory Aust day celebrations - hell - you might as well have put it in yesterday....
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Re: Still waiting for the PTA (online) after a week. Normal?

Post by thunderbird » 12 Feb 2019, 10:11 am

Updates: after 3 weeks, the PTA application is still in process...OMG. Call the firearm registry and be told due to the work load, just wait......:-(
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Post by rookie » 13 Feb 2019, 8:37 am

thunderbird wrote:Updates: after 3 weeks, the PTA application is still in process...OMG. Call the firearm registry and be told due to the work load, just wait......:-(


I put in my first PTA's (NSW ) 3 days after you thunderbird and still have a week and a half cooling off - let us know how your situation progresses.

What category were yours? ..
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Post by Diddums » 13 Feb 2019, 9:47 am

The FAR is a joke.
My first lot of PTA's were bang on the 28 day waiting period till issued, but the in took 4 weeks for them to turn up in the mail.

I'm waiting for another one now. I applied and it was issued in a few days but now it's been 2 and a half weeks since issue and it still hasn't shown up in the mail box yet.
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Re: Still waiting for the PTA (online) after a week. Normal?

Post by thunderbird » 17 Feb 2019, 7:27 pm

Finally the PTA is issued, but not sure how long it is gonna take to show up in the mail box.
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Post by Chappo » 17 Feb 2019, 7:49 pm

Hey t-bird
I put one in for a cat a on Friday late at night (the 8th) and had it in the mail on Friday the 15th a week later.
I’m also in NSW and talking with other blokes this seems to be the norm at the moment.
Dunno what happened with yours :unknown:
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Post by thunderbird » 18 Feb 2019, 2:42 pm

Thanks Chappo. My one is cat H. Maybe that is the reason?
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Post by zhuk » 19 Feb 2019, 5:16 am

My last longarm PTA was one week from lodgement to receipt, handgun took 6 weeks (both online)

So a definite difference.
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Post by thunderbird » 24 Feb 2019, 5:41 pm

Update: The PTA arrived on Friday (22 Feb) - one week after being issued.
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Post by Diddums » 25 Feb 2019, 2:39 pm

Lucky for you,
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Post by pomemax » 15 Apr 2019, 1:07 pm

PTA lodged on the 7/4
PTA on their web site status issued on the 9/4
PTA in my hand 15/4
Next we need to start lobbying for the return of PTA by email do away with Snail mail would be cheaper for them too
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Post by Archie » 15 Apr 2019, 3:25 pm

I believe they do them in batches. Wait till they've got a stack and run them through the system. Then when they have a stack of approvals they print a bunch and get the mail away. I've had them turn up in a week, and then in a month.
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Post by lionet » 26 Apr 2019, 11:33 am

My first PTA (Cat-A) took exactly 28 days from application to being issued (from 26/2 to 28/3) and then less than a week to turn up in the mail (I'm in Sydney). I was impressed after my 4-months wait on my license.

Then I lodged my Cat-B PTA on 12/4. IIRC Cat-A and B are considered the same thing for the cooling off so there should be none for me. Nonetheless it's 26/4 and still being processed. What's you guys' experience?

BTW, Both PTA app were online (from RMS web site)

Maybe they do it like Archie said, in batch, to save labour. In that case I agree with pomemax. If you already have an online system why bother with the darn mail...
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Post by GojiraSteve » 26 Apr 2019, 3:31 pm

lionet wrote:My first PTA (Cat-A) took exactly 28 days from application to being issued (from 26/2 to 28/3) and then less than a week to turn up in the mail (I'm in Sydney). I was impressed after my 4-months wait on my license.

Then I lodged my Cat-B PTA on 12/4. IIRC Cat-A and B are considered the same thing for the cooling off so there should be none for me. Nonetheless it's 26/4 and still being processed. What's you guys' experience?

BTW, Both PTA app were online (from RMS web site)

Maybe they do it like Archie said, in batch, to save labour. In that case I agree with pomemax. If you already have an online system why bother with the darn mail...


Pretty much the same here mate first cat A issued on day 29. First Cat B applied for 2 weeks later and issued on its respective day 29. I have a second cat A in process which I applied for on 1 April but it hasn't moved (its day 29 will be this Sunday).

I have a feeling the waiting period is contingent on you actually "owning" a firearm in the required category not just having a PTA issued for one.

I filled those first two PTAs within a week of receiving them, but I'm yet to receive a registration certificate for either gun suggesting that they're not yet listed on FAR's computer as being mine.

Given the above, and that the third PTA looks like it will run out the "waiting period" too I'm thinking the registry hasn't caught up with itself to regard me as being in possession of firearms.

If we assume the waiting period exists so that someone with evil intentions is forced to think about things for a month before they can access a gun then I guess it makes sense that its only the fact that you demonstrably have immediate access to one (ie have one registered in your name) which would inspire the registry to regard the waiting period as moot.

Or maybe I'm over thinking it and they're just slow as f*** :unknown:
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Post by lionet » 30 Apr 2019, 1:26 pm

GojiraSteve wrote:Pretty much the same here mate first cat A issued on day 29. First Cat B applied for 2 weeks later and issued on its respective day 29. I have a second cat A in process which I applied for on 1 April but it hasn't moved (its day 29 will be this Sunday).

I have a feeling the waiting period is contingent on you actually "owning" a firearm in the required category not just having a PTA issued for one.

I filled those first two PTAs within a week of receiving them, but I'm yet to receive a registration certificate for either gun suggesting that they're not yet listed on FAR's computer as being mine.

Given the above, and that the third PTA looks like it will run out the "waiting period" too I'm thinking the registry hasn't caught up with itself to regard me as being in possession of firearms.

If we assume the waiting period exists so that someone with evil intentions is forced to think about things for a month before they can access a gun then I guess it makes sense that its only the fact that you demonstrably have immediate access to one (ie have one registered in your name) which would inspire the registry to regard the waiting period as moot.

Or maybe I'm over thinking it and they're just slow as f*** :unknown:


Hi Steve,

I think you made very solid points there. From their website statement:
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/services/firearms/faqs?a=245148 wrote:Second and subsequent PTA's for the same type of firearm as one already registered to you or registered to you in the 90 days prior to making your application - no waiting period applies


Now that I read it more carefully, it does state that you have to own, or previously own in 90 days, the same type of firearm as the new PTA application, not just the PTA. But it's still unclear about the point of time that defines 'registered to you'. Does it count as soon as I filled my PTA and get hold of my rifle, or does it count from the official registration paper is received, which according to the lad who sold me the rifle, could take 2 months.

I don't know if there's a way to check my own firearms possession status online. For security reasons that might not seem to be a good idea anyway. If not then I guess we'll know if and when we get another PTA after receiving our official registration certificates.
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Re: Still waiting for the PTA (online) after a week. Normal?

Post by zhuk » 01 May 2019, 8:24 am

Your rego papers should take about 3 weeks to turn up, no where near 2 months
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