The Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) is the list that specifies the goods, software or technology that is regulated when exported, supplied, brokered or published. A permit is required when exporting, supplying, brokering or publishing DSGL items, unless there is an exemption.
The DSGL is a compilation of military and commercial goods and technologies that Australia regulates. The goods, software and technologies on the list are agreed in conjunction with members of various international non-proliferation and export control regimes. These items either have a military use, or can be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.
The DSGL also contains Australia-specific controls relating to firearms and explosives.
To register your interest in being consulted on changes to the DSGL, go to the Defence and Strategic Goods List Consultation page.
DEC has developed an online version of the DSGL which is intended to simplify the identification of whether goods, software or technology are listed. The DSGL search feature of the Online DSGL Tool enables users to conduct text-based searches of the DSGL and returns search results which match against specific control items.
The control item pages have been developed to display not only the relevant control text, but also any other controls that may apply, such as software and technology controls that apply to a particular good. The page will also display the definitions that are relevant to the control item and any notes or other reference material that are applicable.
These results can be printed out from the Online DSGL Tool.
In many cases, the controls on goods and technology can be complex. If you are unsure; we recommend you use the Online DSGL Tool. More generally, the following guidance is a basic outline of how to identify if a particular good, software or technology is subject to control on the DSGL.
To establish whether items are controlled, you need to check whether the goods themselves are listed, and then whether related materials, equipment, software or technology are also listed. If a good or piece of technology is listed in the DSGL, you must check the technical specifications/performance of your item against the control thresholds in the DSGL.
For many items, the associated technology will only be controlled if it is 'required' for the 'development', 'production' or in some cases the 'use' of the controlled item.
Section 4A001.a.1 of the DSGL lists electronic computers and related equipment, electronic assemblies and specifically designed components that are specially designed to operate at an ambient temperature below 228 K (-45°C) or above 358 K (85°C). Software and technology for the 'development', 'production' and 'use' of these computers is controlled. This control does not apply to computers specifically designed for civil automobile or railway train applications.
The technology controls only apply to the technology which is 'required' for the computer to operate at those temperatures; for example, connector and circuit designs and configurations which can be sensitive to high and low temperatures. Other more general technology that does not influence the computer's ability to function at high and low temperatures, or technology that does not contribute to the computer achieving that controlled level of performance (operating above 85°C and below -45°C), is not controlled.
The technology in the DSGL mostly relates to goods that are controlled in the DSGL. However, some technology is controlled in its own right (i.e. it may not be related to a controlled good). These controls can be found in section 'E' of each category.
If after using the Online DSGL Tool you are unable to determine if your item is controlled in the DSGL, you can either submit an:
These requests generally take up to 15 working days to assess. Complex applications may take 35 days, and sometimes longer, to assess.
The DSGL contains a number of exemptions that can apply to technology that may otherwise be controlled. These include technology that is:
Other exemptions may apply.
A Quick Reference Guide has been compiled to familiarise you with the structure and content of the DSGL .
The DSGL is split into two parts:
For military goods, software or technology refer to Part 1 - Munitions List (ML). You should refer to sections within the ML to establish all the relevant controls, i.e. goods, software and technology:
For dual-use goods, equipment, software or technology refer to Part 2 - Dual-Use List. Part 2 of the DSGL is further split into categories:
Within the dual-use list you may have to refer to several sections to establish all the relevant controls, i.e. goods, equipment, software and technology.