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Australian General Export Licences (AUSGELs) FAQs

What is the difference between an AUSGEL and a standard approval?

In broad terms, an AUSGEL is a licence valid for five years allowing the export of a wide range of controlled goods, software and technology to certain countries for certain purposes.

When applying for an AUSGEL, there is no requirement to list the goods and end-users as you would in an ordinary export application, as the item type and approved end-user destination countries are already on the pre-approved licence. It is important to note that DEC will conduct a compliance assessment of the AUSGEL applicant before an AUSGEL can be issued.

If an AUSGEL is not suitable to an applicant's particular circumstances, DEC will advise and work with you to provide an alternative permit arrangement.

What is a customs free zone or customs free warehouse?

A customs free zone is a geographic area and a customs free warehouse is generally a building or premise usually within the border of a country. These zones are a type of special economic zones where laws may differ from the rest of the country. These zones have been excluded from AUSGELs because the powers and visibility of the national customs authority are limited in these zones which makes it difficult for the recipient country to regulate and enforce export controls.

Will AUSGELs replace existing DEC licences and permits?

No, AUSGELs complement existing DEC permits . Where an AUSGEL does not meet your requirements, DEC may be able to provide you with a broad licence tailored to your export needs. You can have both AUSGELs and standard permits for similar activities, noting that each type of licence will have its own reporting and compliance requirements.

How long will it take to receive an AUSGEL?

DEC's current assessment timeframe for standard applications is 35 working days. This timeframe may be exceeded for complex applications. AUSGELs will be issued with a unique number and will include the defence client registration details. Approved AUSGELs will be emailed to you.

What if my export or supply activity does not fit within the parameters of an AUSGEL?

You can still apply for standard export approval. In some circumstances, an approval can be issued for up to five years. Such approvals can allow multiple supplies or shipments and can cover a broad range of goods or technology to multiple destinations and end-users. The type of approval issued (broad or restrictive), including the validity timeframes, is determined by DEC based on DEC's assessment of the risks associated with the particular export or supply. DEC will aim to issue an approval that best suits the needs of applicants balanced with the risks involved with the export or supply.

Once I hold an AUSGEL, what if I already hold a permission that covers the same activity as an AUSGEL?

You can choose whether to export under the permission or the AUSGEL. For example, if you hold a permission to export military vessel parts to the UK for repair, you can still apply for and use an AUSGEL 3 which would permit this activity. You can export under either approval while it remains valid.

Are there resources available to help users navigate the Defence and Strategic Goods List?

Yes, DEC has developed an Online DSGL Tool to assist you to establish whether or not you will require a permit from DEC to export, supply, publish or broker controlled goods, software or technology.

Can AUSGELs be used for the export of US origin goods?

Yes, if the export is permitted through an AUSGEL. Certain AUSGELs do not allow the export of goods where the Australian Government has signed an undertaking to a foreign government that the Australian Government will not issue a licence for re-export of the goods without evidence of approval from the foreign government permitting that re-export. For example, a United States non-transfer and use certificate (DSP-83). Exporting under an AUSGEL does not negate the exporter's obligation to remain compliant under US laws, and the appropriate US approvals must be in place prior to the export taking place.

How will changes to the approved destinations and DSGL items be addressed during the life of an AUSGEL?

DEC will notify you via your nominated contact details (at the time of registration) of any changes that may impact your AUSGEL.

Can I use AUSGEL 2 and 3 for repair or replacement under warranty purposes where the original parts/components are obsolete and will be replaced by parts that are an improved version of the original?

Servicing (inspection, testing, calibration or repair, including overhaul, reconditioning and one-to-one replacement of any defective items, parts or components) can be undertaken using these AUSGELs. This may involve coincidental improvements upon the original items, i.e. resulting from the use of modern replacement components or from use of a later build standard for reliability or safety reasons.

However, if there are any modifications, enhancement, upgrade or other form of alteration or improvement that changes the functional capability of the item or provides new or additional functionality, then an AUSGEL cannot be used and a separate approval must be applied for.

For AUSGEL 2 and 3, how do I determine that a repair centre is an 'Approved Repair Centre'?

  1. Ask the OEM directly and conduct your own checks;
  2. Request a copy of the approval certificate from the repair centre; or
  3. Use the sales contract - the use of an approved repair centre may be specifically required.

Any of these documents would demonstrate compliance with this condition and should be retained for five years.

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