What are defence export controls and do I need to get an export permit?

Defence Export Controls (DEC) is responsible to the Minister for Defence for regulating the export of defence and strategic goods and technologies.

These goods and technologies include:

  • Military items designed or adapted for military purpose or those that are inherently lethal, incapacitating or destructive; and
  • Commercial items and technologies that may be used or adapted for use in a military program or contribute to the development and production of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons systems.

Australia’s export control policies are in place to enable the export of defence and strategic goods where it is consistent with Australia’s national interests and international obligations.

For more information visit: www.defence.gov.au/ExportControls/AboutUs.asp

DEC encourages businesses to use the online DSGL Tool before contacting DEC to assess whether your goods, software or technology are listed in the DSGL, and also whether your export, supply, publication or brokering activity is subject to export controls. The DSGL Tool has two parts, an Activity Questionnaire and DSGL Search. DEC recommends that if you are new to export controls and are unsure if your activity will be controlled, you should complete the Activity Questionnaire first. Please note the DSGL Tool should be used as a guide only.

Further information can be found through the following link: https://dsgl.defence.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx