Australian Government Sanctions

Australia implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes under the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (Cth) and the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth). The legislation is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Visit the DFAT website for further information about sanctions.

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What faculties may be affected?

Faculties mainly affected by the sanctions laws include:

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Veterinary Science

What are the current sanctions regimes?

The DFAT website contains detailed information about each sanctions regime.

The sanctions regimes affect:

  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Central African Republic
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea),
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Russia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,
  • Ukraine, Crimea and Sevastopol
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe
  • Al-Qaida
  • Counter-terrorism
  • The Taliban

How is this relevant to me?

The sanctions legislation may affect the following:

  • undertaking or supervising higher degrees by research
  • providing specialist advice and services
  • sharing information about certain goods, equipment, materials, technology or software
  • undertaking research for example as an employee, affiliates, occupational trainee, contractor or a visitor
  • importing or exporting certain goods, equipment, materials, technology or software
  • dealing with entities or people in DFAT’s Consolidated List
  • engaging in sanctioned commercial activity
  • travelling to certain countries

Why might research be affected?

The sanction ‘providing a sanctioned service’ prohibits the University from providing:

  • technical advice
  • technical assistance
  • technical training

in relation to the use, maintenance or manufacture of certain goods, equipment, materials, software or technology.

Note that not all sanctions regimes include ‘providing a sanctioned service’.

What goods, equipment, materials, software or technology varies depending on the particular sanctions regime. However, generally it includes the anything in the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL). This includes military items and dual-use items. The searchable online DSGL Tool will help you to identify these items. Visit the DFAT website for detailed information for each sanctioned country.

The DSGL is also used with Defence Trade Controls legislation.

Please note that DFAT considers ‘arms and matériel’ to include anything listed in the DSGL.

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.

University contacts for information on sanctions

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:

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Faculty of Agriculture & Environment

Engineering & IT

Sydney Medical School, Dentistry, Nursing or Pharmacy

Health Sciences

Alternatively, contact the Manager of Research Contracts.

Potential for inaccuracy

The information on this webpage is current as of December 2015. 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 the Manager of Research Contracts.