On 23 January 1992 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 733 (1992) imposing sanctions in relation to Somalia in response to the deterioration of the conflict in Somalia, the heavy loss of life and the widespread material damage resulting from the conflict, which the Security Council considered a threat to international peace and security. The sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia have been modified and extended by a number of subsequent UNSC resolutions.
As a consequence, Australian law now prohibits the following conduct:
1. The unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Somalia of weapons and military equipment.
2. The unauthorised provision to Somalia of:
- financing for the acquisition or delivery of goods subject to export sanctions;
- technical advice, financial and other assistance, and training related to military activities.
3. The supply of weapons and military equipment to a person or entity listed by the Security Council or the Committee (PDF) established pursuant to resolution 751 (the 751 Committee)
4. The provision of technical assistance, training, or financial services to a person or entity listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
5. The procurement of charcoal from Somalia or from a person or entity in Somalia
6. The unauthorised use or dealing with the assets of, and the making available of assets to a person and entity listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions - Somalia) Regulations 2008, regulations 13 and 14
- Consolidated List [Excel 1.55 MB] of persons, entities and assets subject to UN Security Council financial sanctions as provided for by regulation 40 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- Australia's Implementation of United Nations Security Council Financial Sanctions
7. The entry or transit through Australia of persons listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
Authorisations and inquiries
To apply for an authorisation to engage in conduct otherwise prohibited by sanctions, or to make an inquiry as to whether a specific transaction is subject to sanctions, please use the Online Sanctions Administration System.