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Scenarios - Travelling and Working Overseas

Key Concepts

Supply - when controlled technology, or access to that technology, is provided to users located outside of Australia.

Publication - when controlled technology is placed it in the public domain.

Pre-publication - activities, such as supplying a draft publication to a publisher or a peer reviewer, that support the pubication process.

Export - sending goods and/or technology from Australia to a place outside of Australia.

As a first step, it is important to understand whether the goods or technologies you are using actually trigger control thresholds. You can self-assess using the Online DSGL Tool on the DEC website.

The list of controlled goods and technologies (the Defence and Strategic Goods List) is split into two parts:

Part 1 lists munitions (or military) items. These items are more tightly controlled.

Part 2 lists dual-use items; that is, items that may be used for commercial purposes, but may be used in military systems or for weapon of mass destruction purposes.

Travelling and Working Overseas

Scenario One - Travelling to collaborate overseas

I am travelling overseas with DSGL Part 1 or Part 2 technology that is stored on my laptop and/or storage device, which I intend to share. Do I need a permit?

This is a tangible export of DSGL technology. You will need an export permit to take the laptop and media storage device overseas with you, as your intention is to provide the DSGL technology to another person whilst overseas.

Scenario Two - Accessing DSGL technology whilst travelling overseas

I am travelling overseas and intend to access DSGL Part 1 or Part 2 technology that is stored on cloud servers whilst overseas. Do I need a permit?

You will not need a permit as you will not be providing access to DSGL technology to another person outside Australia.

Supply occurs when a person in Australia sends or provides access to DSGL software or technology to another person outside of Australia. Supply must occur from one person to another, and you cannot supply to yourself.

Scenario Three - Carrying DSGL technology overseas

I am travelling overseas with my laptop or storage device, which contains DSGL Part 1 or Part 2 technology, but I do not intend to share this technology. Do I need a permit?

You do not need a permit to take the laptop or storage device.

There is an exception for the temporary export of DSGL technology where all of the following apply:

  • the export is an uncontrolled good which contains DSGL technology (e.g. USB/hard drive/laptop) OR is a good which constitutes DSGL technology (e.g. printed blueprints);
  • the technology is for use by the person only;
  • the person will travel with the goods and intends to return to Australia with the goods; and
  • the technology will not be disclosed to, used by, sold or transferred to any other person whilst outside of Australia.