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Strategic Framework

Defence exports impact Australia’s national interests across a number of complex national security and economic policy areas. To provide clarity about the Australian Government’s approach to defence exports, the Defence Export Strategy sets out a strategic framework that will guide how Defence supports and promotes Australian industry exports.

Strategic interests: Support for defence exports will be designed to support Australia’s strategic objectives. Australia will uphold its international best-practice export controls system.

Defence capability: Support for defence exports will be calibrated to support Defence’s capability and industry capability priorities. Exports will be managed to ensure Australian Defence Force capability is not compromised.

Foreign policy: Defence exports can make a valuable contribution to Australia’s international engagement and will be balanced with Australia’s broader bilateral relationships and international obligations.

Economic prosperity: Exports contribute to the growth of Australian businesses, supporting job creation and economic prosperity for Australia.

Australia remains committed to its international arms controls obligations. Australia’s defence export controls system remains unchanged. Decisions about Australian defence export permits will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis consistent with Australia’s existing defence export control regime.

The Defence Export Controls Branch will remain separate and independent from the new Australian Defence Export Office. The Australian Defence Export Office and the Defence Export Controls Branch will work closely to ensure that Australia’s export controls requirements are met and awareness of potential export controls is understood by Australian industry.