Supply occurs when technology is provided, or access is provided, from a person in Australia to a person outside of Australia. Supply occurs electronically, including via email, facsimile, uploading to a server, or by providing passwords to access technology stored electronically.

Supply of technology listed on the DSGL is controlled by the DTC Act. Controlled supply requires a permit from Defence Export Controls (DEC) unless an exemption exists in legislation.

‘Technology’ is defined in the DSGL as specific information necessary for the development, production or use of a product. The information takes the form of technical data (such as: blueprints, plans, diagrams, models, formulae, tables, engineering designs and specifications, manuals and instructions), or technical assistance (such as: instruction, skills, training, working knowledge and consulting services).

Technology can also exist in physical goods such as laptops, paper documents and mobile phones. The export of goods containing DSGL-listed technology is regulated under the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958. For more information, see Export.