Export Controls & Defence Trade Controls Act

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  • Export controls

    The export of defence and dual-use goods is restricted under the following legislation:

    Export control laws regulate the export from Australia to a place outside Australia of certain defence and strategic goods and technology. Such exports include the transmission of certain controlled information.

  • Defence Export Controls (DEC)

    Defence Export Controls (DEC) [Department of Defence] is responsible to the Minister for Defence for regulating the export of defence and dual-use goods as part of Australia's system of export controls. The Minister for Defence is authorised to grant a licence or permission to export goods and technology listed in the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL).

    The DSGL is a legislative instrument that is a compilation of military and dual‐use goods and technology that Australia controls for export as a member of international counter‐proliferation regimes. Goods and technology included in the DSGL are restricted under the Customs Act 1901 and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention and Proliferation) Act 1995 and may not be exported from Australia unless a licence or permission has been granted by the Minister for Defence.

    Information is available on the DEC web site to assist in understanding the legislation and assessment process established for managing controlled goods and technology.

    Customs Act 1901

    Regulates the export of tangible goods and technology subject to control.

    Defence Trade Controls Act 2012

    Regulates the intangible supply and brokering of goods and technology subject to control.

    Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL)

    Australia's list of regulated goods and technology which require a permit or license before exportation.

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