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Avoiding delays by planning ahead

There are several strategies you can use to minimise the impact of the approval process on your business. Depending on your circumstances, you could find one or more of the following ideas to be helpful.

In principle assessments

You can use in-principle assessments to help with your strategic planning, and reduce the chances of an unexpected problem arising. For example, if you are developing a new capability or product that could be subject to export controls, getting in-principle permission from us in advance might help you decide whether your product would likely have export approval, and is therefore, on balance, worth the investment.

Also, before spending a lot of time and money on marketing existing controlled goods, services or technology overseas, it is possible to seek an in-principle assessment to understand the likelihood of receiving permission to export when the time comes to do so.

We recommend you seek in-principle assessment as early as possible as part of business planning processes.

We can help you to assess if your goods or services might be used in aWMD program

If you think that your transaction may be for a WMD program, you can either:

  • submit a completed DEC01 Application to Export Controlled Goods to us to apply for a WMD permit; or
  • write to us and request advice as to whether the Minister for Defence believes or suspects the transaction will or might contribute to a WMD program.

If you are unsure as to whether your transaction may contribute to a WMD program, you should request an assessment of your goods or services from us by submitting a completed Application to Export Controlled Goods and Technology form.

You should attach technical specifications and/or brochures that accurately describe the goods listed on the forms. Where possible, you should also submit any information on the consignee or end user and their intended use of the goods or services.

Should your company have an Internal Compliance Program?

We recommend that enterprises who wish to ensure they comply with Australian export control legislation and associated regulations implement an Internal Compliance Program (ICP). An ICP is an arrangement in which a company ensures that it is completing legal transactions, obeying the legislation and associated regulations enacted by the Australian Government, and fulfilling company export policies. ICPs typically include a set of procedures that an organisation's officials must satisfy before an export leaves the company. Such procedures include a thorough investigation of the buyer and end-user prior to the shipment of a purchased item.

Any good business practice aims to increase profits whilst remaining within the law and conducting business in an ethical manner. To assist the exporters , DEC has prepared this guide on ICPs.