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Defence and Strategic Goods List Consultation

How the DSGL is developed

Australia's export control system is part of an international effort to stem the proliferation of conventional, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons and the systems that deliver them. Many goods designed for legitimate civil purposes can also contribute to the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or be used for a military end-use. One of the major objectives of export controls is to prevent such sensitive technology from falling into the wrong hands. As a member of international counter-proliferation regimes, Australia has agreed to join other member states in regulating the export of goods and technologies listed by these regimes:

  • Wassenaar Arrangement - conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies
  • Nuclear Suppliers Group - goods and technologies that could have utility for nuclear weapons programs
  • Missile Technology Control Regime - missile equipment, rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for systems capable of carrying a payload or delivering weapons of mass destruction
  • Australia Group - dual-use chemicals and biological agents

Australia's control list of military and dual-use (strategic) goods and technologies, the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL), is drawn directly from the control lists agreed to by the four major export control regimes .

Items listed on the DSGL have been assessed by the relevant Regime as being an item or technology that could be used in, or for the development of, a WMD or military end-use. The listing of goods and technology on the DSGL does not mean that the export or supply of these items is prohibited. It does mean that to export or supply the items a permit, issued by Defence Export Controls (DEC), must be obtained.

DEC is an active participant in each of these regimes and cooperates with other partners to contribute to positive changes to the lists. These changes either remove items from the lists that are no longer considered sensitive, clarify ambiguities to deliver greater regulatory certainty for industry, or in some cases add new items to the list that are emerging sensitive goods and technologies.

Being consulted on possible changes to the DSGL

A large number of proposals are considered each year by the international export control regimes, and as the regime control lists are incorporated into Australia's DSGL, DEC plays an active role in the consideration of all changes. As part of our consideration, we may contact affected Australian parties from industry, research or the academic sector to discuss the potential impact of the changes on their activities. If you would like to be specifically consulted on changes that may affect your exporting, supplying, brokering or publishing activities we invite you to register your interest by submitting the Registration for Consultation on Changes to the DSGL form by selecting the link below.

Register for Consultation Form

Submitting suggestions for changes to the DSGL

From time to time, DEC submits proposals to the regimes to make changes to the control lists. The three major factors that DEC takes into account prior to making a proposal to add or subtract an item are:

  • The military or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) utility of the goods or technology
  • The availability of the goods or technology around the world
  • The legitimate civil use of the goods or technology

If some controlled goods were no longer being used by militaries, were widely available from many countries around the world, and were also widely used by legitimate civil industry, there may be grounds to remove the item from the control list. Conversely, a new type of item that was useful in military or WMD programs, only available from a few countries around the world, not extensively used in civil industry, may warrant being added to the control list. A decision to submit a proposal would be made taking into account Australian national interests, including international security and foreign policy considerations, as well as the economic effect on industry.

If you as an Australian exporter, supplier, broker or publisher feel that you could offer a suggestion to improve the control lists, either via subtraction, addition or clarification, we invite you to contact us to discuss your ideas. Please complete the following form.

Form for suggesting changes to the DSGL

Any Australian proposal to an international export control regime is subject to a robust whole-of-government coordination process, so we cannot guarantee that DEC will be able to support your suggestion, but we look forward to the opportunity to discuss your concerns and develop a way forward.