Permits and In-Principle Assessments

If you have a Defence Export Control System (DECS) Client Registration Number (DCRN), and your goods, services or technologies are controlled under the DSGL, you can apply for:

  • a new permit to export, supply or publish military or dual-use goods or technology (including for transshipment through Australia and for repair or return purposes)
  • multi-party (project) permits and permits to match contracts
  • an in-principle assessment
  • a permit to export, supply or publish items previously granted in-principle approval and
  • a renewal of a permit or an in-principle approval.

All applications should be done via the Defence Export Controls (DEC) Forms Portal.

Before submitting your application, please read the application requirements carefully, ensure all sections have been completed and all required supporting documents have been provided. Providing as much detail and documentation as possible, including specifications, product descriptions, brochures, or other relevant marketing material for the goods you wish to export, can help prevent delays in processing. In most instances you will need to provide supporting documentation such as End-user certificates or technical specifications. You will be advised by DEC if additional documentation is required.

Upon submitting an application, you should receive a response advising that your application has been received. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, please contact DEC.

Upon approval, your permit will be emailed to the contact listed on the application form. In some instances permissions and permits may be issued with conditions or reporting requirements. It is important to carefully review each permit, licence and assessment received, as it is the legal responsibility of the exporter to comply with any conditions or requirements issued by DEC.

For further information on how to apply and what may be required, see How to Apply.

Firearms, firearm parts, accessories and ammunition are always controlled — regardless of the state, age, completeness or working condition. Before exporting any of these items, you must have a valid permit. While you may need to apply for a Defence export permit above, many travellers will find a Restricted Goods Permit (RGP) is more appropriate. For further information on RGPs, please contact the Australian Border Force.  

Before you export firearms or related items, be aware that:

  • airlines have their own requirements and restrictions on carrying firearms and ammunition. It is your responsibility before leaving Australia to confirm these requirements and notify the airline that you will be transporting firearms and ammunition.
  • approval from authorities of the overseas destination may be required to import firearms. You should seek advice from the relevant country embassy or mission prior to travelling.
  • at the request of the Government of Vanuatu, DEC will now only process applications for firearms exports from Australia to Vanuatu to Port Vila Hardware (as the consignee). Should you have any questions regarding this process please contact DEC.

Multi-party (project) permits

If you are one of a group of people working on a project, and you all expect to export controlled goods, software or technology, we can help to simplify the process of applying for export approvals. We can accept an application from a single applicant who is applying on behalf of other applicants and issue similar permits to each of the individuals or organizations listed on the application.

This is useful for those working on a joint project or collaborative activity, since only one person has to submit an application on behalf of all the other parties who will require an export permit. Each of the parties named on the application will be issued with a separate permit.

Permits to match contracts

It is possible to apply for a permit to export goods, software or technology, where the expiration date of the permit is specifically aligned to the terms of a contract. These permits can include activities such as the provision of services or research activities.

Contracts can be for:

  • the delivery of specified goods that are manufactured, produced or altered in Australia
  • goods being re-exported after being repaired in Australia
  • goods being sent to a selling agent or retailer
  • services, e.g. technical expertise or
  • technology or goods that are developed as part of a research activity

Some organisations may prefer to match permits to contracts to help manage export control compliance - this may be useful for contracts with Defence as well as sustainment or warranty agreements.

As part of your application you will need to state the expiry date, the name/title of the contract and attach documentary evidence of the contract.

DEC issues a number of different permit types, according to both your needs and our assessment of the circumstances. This list provides a brief description of what each of the different classes of permit is normally used for.

You can use this list to consider what options might be suitable for you, but the permit we issue will be based on our assessment of what is appropriate for the circumstances of the export.

Dual-use goods

Dual-use goods, software and technology are listed in Part 2 of the DSGL.

CodePermit typeExportSupplyValidity period (max)Description
DEPDual-use export - permanent 5 years or moreSingle or multiple permanent shipments of dual-use goods or transhipment of goods through Australia
DETDual-use export - temporary 5 years or moreTemporary export of dual-use goods for single or multiple shipments where the applicant has indicated that the goods will return to Australia
DRRDual-use export - repair and return 5 years or moreTemporary or permanent export for single or multiple shipments where dual-use goods are being exported for repair, return or warranty purposes
DCON-TDefence contract DTC - Dual-use Up to contract expiryTailored permit to match a contract with Defence for supply of dual-use technology
DT-TDual-use technology transfer 5 years or moreSingle or multiple supplies of dual-use technology  for any purpose

 

Military

Military goods, software and technology are listed in Part 1 of the DSGL.

 Permit typeExportSupplyValidity period (max)Description
MEPMilitary export - permanent 5 years or moreUsed for single or multiple permanent shipments of military goods
MCONDefence contract, Reg 13E - Military Up to contract expiryTailored permit to match a defence contract for export of military goods
MCON-TDefence contract, DTC - Military Up to contract expiryTailored permit to match a defence contract for supply of military technology
METMilitary export - Temporary 5 years or moreTemporary export of military goods for single or multiple shipments where the applicant has indicated that the goods will return to Australia
METRMilitary export - Transhipment 6 months (policy)Transhipment of military goods through Australia
MRRMilitary export - Repair or return 5 years or moreTemporary or permanent export for single or multiple shipments where military goods are being exported for repair, return or warranty purposes
MT-TMilitary technology transfer 5 years or moreSingle or multiple supplies of military technology for any purpose

 

Defence Export Controls (DEC) may at the request of an exporter make small amendments to an issued permit. The original applicant or an authorised contact must make the request in writing, using the Amendment Form. All amendments are at the discretion of the Delegate.

DEC Amendment Request Form (PDF, 172kb)

DEC Amendment Policy (PDF, 157kb)