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Export Control Policy

Australia's export control policies reflect the Government's commitment to ensure the export of defence and dual-use goods is consistent with Australia's national interests and international obligations and commitments.

The Government's policy is to encourage the export of defence and dual-use goods where it is consistent with Australia's broad national interests. Our export control system is the means by which this consistency is ensured. Australia's export control policies and procedures are reviewed regularly to take account of changes in strategic circumstances and priorities.

Exports that are considered to be sensitive may be referred to other areas of Defence or other Australian Government Agencies for consideration.

Policy Criteria

Applications to export defence and dual-use goods are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications are assessed to determine whether the controlled activity would be prejudicial to the security, defence or international relations of Australia. Assessment criteria broadly cover the areas of Australia’s international obligations, regional security, national security and foreign policy, and human rights.

1. The risk that the DSGL technology or the goods may go to or become available to a country upon which the Security Council of the United Nations or Australia has imposed a sanction

2. The risk that the DSGL technology or the goods may go to or become available to a country where it may be used in a way contrary to Australia’s international obligations or commitments

3. The risk that the DSGL technology or the goods may be used to commit or facilitate serious abuses of human rights

4. Whether the supply of the DSGL technology or the goods, or the publication of the DSGL technology:

 (a) may aggravate:

  (i) an existing threat to international peace and security or to the peace and security of a region; or

  (ii) a particular event or conflict of concern to Australia; or

 (b) may otherwise contribute to political instability internationally or in a particular region

5. Whether the DSGL technology or the goods may:

 (a) be used for conflict within a country or for international conflict by a country; or

 (b) further militarise conflict within a country

6. Whether the supply of the DSGL technology or the goods, or the publication of the DSGL technology, may compromise or adversely affect Australia’s defence or security interests, its obligations to its allies or its international obligations and responsibilities

7. Whether the DSGL technology or the goods may go to or become available to a country that has policies or strategic interests that are inconsistent with the policies and strategic interests of Australia or its allies

8. The risk that the supply of the DSGL technology or the goods, or the publication of the DSGL technology, may:

 (a) adversely affect Australia’s military capability; or

 (b) substantially compromise an Australian defence operation; or

 (c) increase the military capability of a country that is a potential adversary of Australia

9. The risk that the DSGL technology or the goods may go to or become available to a country:

 (a) that is developing, or is reasonably suspected of developing:

  (i) weapons that may be capable of causing mass destruction; or

  (ii) the means of delivering such weapons; or

 (b) that supports, or is reasonably suspected of supporting, terrorism; or

 (c) whose actions or foreign policies pose a risk of major disruption in global stability or the stability of a particular region

10. Whether the supply of the DSGL technology or the goods, or the publication of the DSGL technology, may lead to a reaction by another country that may damage Australia’s interests or relations with the other country or with a particular region

11. Whether the DSGL technology or the goods may be used for mercenary activities or a terrorist or other criminal activity

12. Whether preventing the supply of the DSGL technology or the goods, or the publication of the DSGL technology, may have an adverse effect on Australian industry, trade and economic prosperity to the extent that it may adversely affect the security, defence or international relations of Australia.



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