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Activities relating to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities may be restricted under these measures
What are sanctions?
Sanctions are highly targeted measures imposed by governments as foreign policy tools. They are used as an alternative to armed force to address situations of international concern, for example in response to an abuse of human rights or the proliferation of weapons.
The Australian Sanctions Regime comprises:
- United Nations Security Council sanctions: Australia is obliged to implement these sanctions regimes as a matter of international law
- Autonomous sanctions: imposed by the Australian government as a matter of Australian foreign policy
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) administers these sanctions regimes under the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945, Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 and Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.
What do sanctions cover?
Sanctions can cover countries, goods, services, people and/or entities.
Sanctions typically include restrictions on:
- the supply of prohibited goods* to sanctioned countries
- the importation of prohibited goods* from sanctioned countries
- the provision of technical advice, assistance or training to a sanctioned country that relates to a prohibited good* for that country
- participating in certain commercial activities with entities from sanctioned countries
- dealing with designated persons or entities on the Consolidated List
- the entry into or transit through Australia of certain designated or declared persons
*Prohibited goods are commonly referred to as ‘arms and related matériel’. Further information is available from DFAT.
There is no single list of controlled goods that applies to all sanctioned countries. Rather, Australian sanctions regimes include arms and related matériel and country-specific sanctions, regulations and controlled goods.
How could sanctions affect my work at the University?
Several areas of activity at the University may be affected by sanctions, including the:
- admission and supervision of higher degree by research students
- employment of academic researchers
- presentations at conferences in sanctioned countries and visits to other institutions in sanctioned countries
- visits from individuals from sanctioned countries
- research collaborations with individuals from sanctioned countries
- receipt of payments or donations from individuals or entities on the Consolidated List
- provision of scholarships or financial assistance to individuals on the Consolidated List
What do I need to do to comply with sanctions?
If you are undertaking any of the activities mentioned above, please check:
Both are updated regularly so please consult DFAT for the most up-to-date information. (For admission and supervision of higher degree by research students, see the autonomous sanctions admissions checklist, which must be completed before an offer of place and/or scholarship is made.
It may be possible to apply to DFAT for a permit authorising activity that would otherwise breach a sanction. If you think an activity or proposed activity may breach a sanction, please contact the Export Controls Team for advice.
In addition to Australian sanction laws, DFAT encourages consideration of whether an activity may be subject to other Australian laws or the sanction laws of another country and, if so, to consider seeking legal advice as to whether a further authorisation is required for the purposes of those laws.