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Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Report 2000-2001

Scope of the Annual Report

The position of Director General, Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO), combines the statutory office of Director of Safeguards with that of Director, Chemical Weapons Convention Office (CWCO). The Director General also performs the functions of the Director, Australian Comprehensive Test-Ban Office (ACTBO) on an informal basis, as the relevant legislation has not yet come into effect.

This report covers the activities of ASNO and is prepared pursuant to the requirements of section 51 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 and section 96 of the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994.

Section 71 of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998 also requires preparation of an annual report. That Act will have effect at entry into force of the CTBT following ratification by the 44 states specified in the Treaty. Although the Treaty, and therefore the Act, are not yet in effect, the Treaty is being applied provisionally by the States Signatories, and ASNOs activities in this regard are included in this Report.

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