Australian Government Sanctions

Australian Government Sanctions to be mindful of at the University in research and educational activities: the Autonomous Sanctions Act and the Charter of the United Nations Act

The Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth) and Regulations (which support and supplement The Charter of the United Nations At 1945) establish a framework for the implementation of sanctions by the Australian Government.

To be clear, the sanctions legislation above is different from legislation that you may have heard about in the form of The Defence Trade Controls Act 2012. However, there are similarities with the legislation because of the goods and technologies that it controls. Information will be provided to staff about this Act shortly.

Countries subject to Australian Government sanctions

The sanctions regimes under the Autonomous Sanctions legislation are applied variously in relation to the following countries: Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), Fiji, the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Iran, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Zimbabwe.

The United Nations Security Council sanctions regimes that are currently in place under the Charter of the United Nations legislation are applied variously to: Al-Qaida, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and the Taliban.

How is this relevant to me?

The faculties that have been identified by the University as being of potential relevance to the sanctions legislation are as follows:

  • Engineering & IT
  • Science
  • Agriculture
  • Vet Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Health Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Most relevant to the university sector, the legislation targets the provision of services, including for example, any technical advice, assistance or training, the University may provide to students, affiliates or visitors from countries subject to Government sanctions, and sanctioning them undertaking research or other educational activities where it necessitates the University providing technical knowledge and training that would benefit that country in, for example, the manufacture, maintenance or use of certain controlled dual use and military goods and technology.

Some key risk areas for the university & research sector

  • Particular areas of postgraduate study (especially in the faculties identified above and higher degrees by research)
  • Affiliations including both formal and informal collaborations with visiting academics in particular areas of research
  • Research agreements and consultancies involving the exchange of technical expertise with international collaborators from countries subject to sanctions
  • Travel to countries subject to sanctions and sharing information and research as part of conference presentations or training
  • Defence and military related research

The lists of controlled goods and technologies are different depending on the specific country which you are involved. For example, Iran is a country with one of the greatest levels of controlled goods and technologies, including (but not limited to) those listed on:

Designated persons and organisations list

The sanctions legislation also restricts the University’s involvement with designated persons and organisations listed on a consolidated sanctions list (‘List’) prepared and periodically updated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). You should consult this List when you are considering dealing with countries subject to sanctions.

Penalties and liability

The University takes its obligations under this legislation seriously. A breach of the sanctions legislation exposes the University, and any individual who, for example, provides a sanctioned service, to criminal liability and heavy penalties.

More information can be provided to you about these matters from the University’s Office of General Counsel.

Full list of sanctions

We encourage you to visit DFAT’s website to review the full list of sanctions imposed and enforced by the Government.

Be mindful that sanctioned services are not the only concern for the university sector; there are also sanctioned imports, supplies, commercial activities and financial restrictions that may be relevant to your activities.

University contacts: who can I speak to?

If you have any questions or concerns about the sanctions legislation and your obligations at the University, you can direct them in the first instance to the following faculty contacts:

  • Division of Natural Sciences
    Jo Dawson, Manager Compliance & Risk
    dnscr.administrator@sydney.edu.au
    M: +61 481 012 162
  • Engineering & IT
    Professor John Patterson, Associate Dean of Research
    P: +61 2 9351 2796
  • Sydney Medical School, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
    Professor Graham Mann, Associate Dean of (Research) (Sydney Medical School) or
    Professor Jillian Kril, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research), Sydney Medical School
    P: +61 2 9845 9056
    M: +61 404 741 308
  • Health Sciences
    Professor Michael Kassiou, Associate Dean Research & Innovation
    P: +61 2 9351 0849
    M: +61 2 9351 0849

Alternatively, contact Ms Alma-Mary McFarland, Manager of Research Contracts.

Potential for inaccuracy

The information on this webpage is current as of 28 February 2014. Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, some of the information may change, because of amendments to the relevant legislation. We also do not have control over the external hyperlinks that have been provided – they may change from time to time. If you become aware of any incomplete, invalid or erroneous information, please immediately advise Ms Alma-Mary McFarland, Manager of Research Contracts.