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Australian Autonomous Sanctions

For Students from Sanctioned Countries

The Commonwealth of Australia’s sanction laws implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanction regimes and Australian autonomous sanction regimes. Details of sanction regimes currently implemented are available at:

The University of Adelaide is required to abide by the sanctions as they apply to countries where there is prohibition on providing a ‘sanctioned service’.

Countries with a prohibition on providing a 'Sanctioned Service'
UN Security Council
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
Australia's Autonomous
  • Myanmar
  • Crimea and Sevastopol
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Zimbabwe

As a result of the legislation, the University of Adelaide may consider potential applicants for graduate study who are citizens of these countries, but on the basis of very stringent criteria, which follow the Australian Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) standards. The DFAT standards mean that students planning to work in low-risk areas may be offered enrolment, those in medium-risk areas will have their proposal referred to DFAT, and those wanting to work in high-risk or unclear dual-purpose research cannot be considered.

The important step in the process is the risk assessment which must be made, within the Faculty, by a group of experts. Where an applicant is a citizen of any country with a prohibition on a ‘sanctioned service’, the Adelaide Graduate Centre will notify the supervisor and provide a “HDR Compliance Assessment Form (Autonomous Sanctions)” for completion. Compliance must be assessed by the Principal Supervisor, Head of School, Executive Dean of Faculty, HDR Faculty Convenor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  • If the risk rating is 'Low-Risk' then the applicant will be offered candidature and, if applying for scholarships, will be added to the scholarship round which is open at the time of approval not the time of application submission.
  • If the risk rating is 'Medium-Risk' then, providing there is sufficient detail within the application in the format requested by DFAT and provided there has been no related ruling advised by the University, the application will be referred to DFAT for consideration. Once approval to proceed is granted by DFAT then the application will be considered in the scholarship round which is open at the time of approval not the time of application submission.
  • If the risk rating is 'High-Risk' then the application for candidature and a scholarship will be rejected.

Applications from citizens of ‘sanctioned service ‘countries that are still undergoing this rigorous assessment process will not be shortlisted for scholarships until approval from every necessary level is granted. The reason for this is that the process can be very time consuming and the university cannot allocate scholarships to applicants who have not been offered admission or hold scholarship offers indefinitely.

Changes to Program, Thesis or Research Topic

Please note that any changes to a program or study, or thesis or research topic require a new HDR Compliance Assessment Form accompanied by a new research proposal to be submitted to the Adelaide Graduate Centre for re-assessment.

It should also be noted that student visa conditions do not allow Iranian citizens approved for higher degree by research admission to change their program of study, or their thesis or research topic, unless approval is given by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Iranian citizens wishing to change their program of study, thesis or research topic after applying for a visa mist also complete Form 1221 - Additional Personal Particulars Information available at: The subject line must be '8203/8204 assessment'.


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