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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

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Permanent (Land) Live Fire Training Facilities

The diversity of military training for operational service is such that Defence Training Areas inclusive of Permanent (Land) Live Fire Training Facilities or Military Ranges can differ significantly dependant upon the type of training required to be conducted. These live fire range facilities are designed and constructed to provide a safe and fit for purpose structure/s to enable firing of Individual Weapons (IW), Light Support Weapons (LSW), Machine Guns and Service Handguns by individuals and groups. These facilities also include demolition training, high explosive support weapons firing, the engagement of targets or target areas by Armoured Vehicles and Proof and Experimental facilities. Small arms ranges are normally constructed based on justified User Requirement's and consist of temporary or permanent facilities for the conduct of live fire and manoeuvre training.
They are located within designated training areas, have fixed Range Danger Areas and have been subjected to the mandatory range safety board process. They have specified Range Standing Orders (RSO) in place and have a current Certificate of Range Safety Compliance issued. They are also subject to a scheduled technical and non-technical inspection regime and normally have long term airspace restrictions.

Aim of the Handbook

Information contained within this Permanent (Land) Live Fire Training Facility Design Handbook is to provide advice and guidance for live fire range designers and developers. It provides specific design features inclusive of safety critical specifications to allow for the production and presentation of design briefs. These standards and specifications are also to be applied to any major refurbishment or retrofit of a facility type. It also provides general and specific information to assist maintainers along with technical and non-technical inspectors, in the performance of their tasks. Where there is doubt or where clarity is required or if there are any proposed deviations from these specifications or standards then consultation with the design authority is to be sought.


Group Email Box
RD&C Section

Technical Advisor - Safety Standards and Compliance: Mr Ken Irving
Tel 02 6266 8323

National Range Inspector : Mr Chris Nicholas
Tel. 02 6266 8119

National Range Inspector : Mr Clint Riches
Tel. 02 6266 8672

National Range Inspector : Mr Shane McPhee
Tel. 02 6266 8216

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The Handbook

The Handbook Continued

  • Chapter Eight - Indoor Live Fire Facilities
  • Chapter Nine - Permanent AFV Live Fire Gunnery Training Facilities (AFV FFTS)
  • Chapter Ten - Small Arms Weapon, Ammunition & Propellant Test and Evaluation Facilities
  • Chapter Eleven - Permanent Field Firing Ancillary Structures
  • Chapter Twelve - Common Facilities and Variants
  • Chapter Thirteen - Reserved
  • Chapter Fourteen - Reserved