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How does DEC build compliance?

DEC builds compliance by raising awareness of Australia’s export controls and by engaging with clients to explain the implications of these controls for their activities. DEC recognises most individuals and organisations will abide by the law if they have sufficient understanding of their obligations. By supporting voluntary compliance DEC aims to lessen the likelihood of non-compliance arising from lack of understanding as to the scope of Australia’s export controls.

Outreach and Tailored Advice

DEC proactively engages clients by making information readily available on Australia’s export controls and by conducting outreach activities and forums.

DEC provides general advice on Australia’s export control system as well as more specific information tailored to a client’s activities. Common issues include the scope of Australia’s export controls, activities controlled under the legislation, and clients’ obligations as permit holders. Clients can also request advice from DEC on how Australia’s export controls may apply to their activities and the types of permits that may match their business requirements.

The DEC website has a range of information, including news and updates on DEC’s activities. The online Guide to Export Control Compliance Programs may assist clients seeking to incorporate procedures for ensuring their compliance with Australian export control legislation into their business practices. DEC maintains a dedicated website providing information for Australian Community members on the Australia – US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty. For more specific advice, DEC can be contacted by phone or email (see Contacts Section for further details). There is no charge for consulting DEC.

DEC organises workshops and road shows on Australian export controls in major Australian cities. These events include presentations on current export control issues and provide opportunities for face-to-face discussions with experienced DEC staff. DEC also participates in defence industry exhibitions in order to raise awareness of Australia’s export controls. Clients can register with DEC for information on upcoming events and news on these activities is also published on the DEC website.

Monitoring and Identification

DEC’s compliance monitoring activities provide a level of assurance that clients accurately understand their export controls responsibilities and how to fulfil them. These monitoring activities may take the form of:
  • requests for clients to produce information or records related to activities controlled under the DTC Act;
  • engagement by phone or in-person to discuss clients’ compliance procedures and use of permits; and
  • routine on-site visits and annual compliance reporting for Australian Community Members.

The goal of these activities is to allow DEC to verify that clients are using their permits and licences correctly and are meeting their record-keeping obligations. They also allow DEC to better understand clients’ activities; to provide targeted advice on their responsibilities under Australia’s export controls; and to identify sources of non compliance. Such monitoring activities are a normal part of DEC’s risk-based approach to compliance and do not mean DEC considers the client to be non compliant. Should DEC identify possible breaches or non-compliance issues as part of this monitoring, DEC will work with the client to address the causes of the breach(es).