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Defence Export Controls Awareness Training

As part of our commitment to responsible exports, DEC engages producers and developers of defence and strategic goods to facilitate their understanding of Australian export controls. We do this through provision of workshops, bespoke training and e-based learning and resources to raise awareness and support compliance.

Underpinning this work, DEC has developed a series of free e-based Defence Export Controls training modules as a cost-effective means for exporters to gain a better understanding of Australia's system of export controls.

This document provides a concise presentation on Australia's export controls: Basic Presentation on Export Controls

Key Terms

The following Key Terms are used in the various Training Modules.

Export Controls is a collective term for all legislation used by governments to manage the trade of sensitive goods and technology. In the Australian context it includes the Customs Act 1901 , the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (DTC Act) , Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995 and Military End-Use provisions (section 112BA) and Sanctions.

Foreign Person means (as defined in the DTC Act): a person who is not an Australian person.

Australian Person means (as defined in the DTC Act):

  1. the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory or an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;or
  2. an individual who is an Australian citizen; or
  3. an individual who is, within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958, the holder of a permanent visa; or
  4. a body corporate incorporated by or under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

Training Modules

The aim of these courses is to provide users with an understanding of Australian export controls legislation, regulation and compliance.

Note: The Scenarios Module contains examples and explanations of scenarios most applicable to the research and academic sectors.

Module One

Introduction to Australian Export Controls

  • Why do we have export controls?
  • Controlled exports of goods and technologies
  • Tangible exports of controlled goods and technology
  • Intangible supply and brokering of strategic goods and technology
  • The Four Ws of Export Controls
  • International Regimes and Treaties
  • Key Government Agencies

Click on the link to go to Module One.

Module Two

Overview of Australia's System of Export Controls

  • Australia's System of Export Controls
  • The Customs Act 1901
  • The Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 - Regulation 13E
  • The Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
  • Australia and the United States' Export Regulations
  • Catch-All Legislation
  • Sanctions Legislation
  • Other Legislative Considerations

Click on the link to go to Module Two.

Module Three

Regulation & Compliance

  • Australia's Compliance Philosophy
  • Penalties for Non-Compliance
  • The Risk Of Diversion
  • Cyber Security
  • Red Flags

Click on the link to go to Module Three.

Module Four

The Defence & Strategic Goods List

  • Registering as a client
  • In Principle Assessment
  • Application and Assessment Process
  • What permits can be issued for
  • Australian General Export Licences (AUSGELs)
  • Denials and Procedural Fairness & Conditions
  • Reporting and Record Keeping

Click on the link to go to Module Four.


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