As part of Defence Export Controls’ (DEC) commitment to ensure Australia is exporting responsibly, we engage with producers, developers and researchers of defence and strategic goods to facilitate their understanding of Australian export controls. We do this through provision of workshops, bespoke training and e-based learning and resources to raise awareness and support compliance.

Underpinning this work, DEC has developed a series of free e-based Defence Export Controls training modules as a cost-effective means for exporters to gain a better understanding of Australia's system of export controls.

The following key terms are used in the various Training Modules.

Export Controls is a collective term for all legislation used by governments to manage the trade of sensitive goods and technology. In the Australian context it includes the Customs Act 1901 , the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (DTC Act) , Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995 and Military End-Use provisions (section 112BA).

Foreign Person means (as defined in the DTC Act): a person who is not an Australian person.

Australian Person means (as defined in the DTC Act):

  1. the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory or an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;or
  2. an individual who is an Australian citizen; or
  3. an individual who is, within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958, the holder of a permanent visa; or
  4. a body corporate incorporated by or under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

The aim of these courses is to provide users with an understanding of Australian export controls legislation, regulation and compliance.

Note: The Scenarios Module contains examples and explanations of scenarios most applicable to the research and academic sectors.

  • Why do we have export controls?
  • Controlled exports of goods and technologies
  • Tangible exports of controlled goods and technology
  • Supply of technology
  • The Four Ws of Export Controls
  • International Regimes and Treaties
  • Key Government Agencies

Click on the link to go to Module One

  • Australia's System of Export Controls
  • The Customs Act 1901
  • The Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958- Regulation 13E
  • The Defence Trade Controls Act 2012
  • Australia and the United States' Export Regulations
  • Catch-All Legislation
  • Sanctions Legislation
  • Other Legislative Considerations

Click on the link to go to Module Two

  • Australia's Compliance Philosophy
  • Penalties for Non-Compliance
  • The Risk Of Diversion
  • Cyber Security
  • Red Flags

Click on the link to go to Module Three

  • Registering as a client
  • In Principle Assessment
  • Application and Assessment Process
  • What permits can be issued for
  • Australian General Export Licences (AUSGELs)
  • Denials and Procedural Fairness & Conditions
  • Reporting and Record Keeping

Click on the link to go to Module Four