Have your say on new paintball industry laws for NSW.

Thousands of people recreationally and competitively enjoy paintball each year, in authorised urban and regional venues across NSW.

Late last year, we reviewed the laws* governing the sport. We asked for feedback by public consultation on how we could make it safer for players and the community, while offering industry an even playing field with interstate and international counterparts.

The draft Paintball Amendment Bill 2022 (the Bill) takes on the recommendations from the consultation. The Bill aims to:

  • strengthen how effective the laws* are
  • create an even playing field for NSW and interstate paintball marker suppliers
  • introduce exemptions to be considered on a case-by-case basis, allowing markers to be used outside of paintball venues, where there is low risk to public safety
  • improve safety and clarify the original intent of the law.

Your feedback will help us understand how the proposed laws might affect the industry and the community.

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Paintball Amendment Bill 2023. All feedback was carefully considered and some changes to the Bill were made in response to stakeholder feedback. The Bill passed the NSW Parliament on 11 October 2023 and became law on 24 October 2023. The Paintball Amendment Act 2023 will take effect alongside a remake of the Paintball Regulation 2019, scheduled for late 2024.

* Paintball Act 2018

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If you wish to provide a more detailed or personalised comment on the draft Painball Amendment Bill 2022, you can upload a written submission in Word or PDF format.

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Are NSW paintball laws hitting the mark?

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  • Yes
    26% (83 votes)
  • No
    57% (183 votes)
  • Unsure
    17% (54 votes)
Total Votes: 320