Defence will soon begin a trial of 2-Step Permits for information security and cryptography research. The first permit is a broad permit to enable the early stages of collaboration and research to proceed with a minimal level of regulation and provide a trigger (via a notification from the researcher) for DEC to assess if a second permit is required. The second permit, which should only be required in limited circumstances, will enable more sensitive projects and collaborations to proceed under a tailored permit that will be crafted to address the identified level of risk.
The permits that have been developed in response to feedback received during the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act reflect the different nature of the controls in Category 5 - Part 2 of the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL). This part is structured as a 'negative list', which means it is likely to capture a broader range of controlled goods, software and technology in comparison to the rest of the DSGL. The aim of the 2-Step permits is to achieve a balance between the need for free flow of information for research purposes in the initial stages of a research project and national security interests.
Defence would like to thank the members of the ICT Working Group that was established by the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group, for their assistance with the development of these permits.
Prior to the commencement of the trial in early 2017, DEC will hold a workshop in Canberra on 14 February 2017. The workshop will be held to discuss the permits, the proposed trial and seek input. We are calling for expressions of interest from researchers in the field of ICT/cryptography who may be subject to export control laws to participate in the trial and attend the workshop.
If you would like to participate in the trial, please contact Defence Export Controls.