Expanded sanctions against Russia
Regulations implementing expanded sanctions in response to Russia’s ongoing threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine commenced on 31 March 2015. The expanded sanctions supplement targeted financial sanctions and travel bans, which Australia imposed in relation to Russia in June and September 2014.
In addition to applying to future transactions, any person with a pre-existing legal obligation to engage in an activity subject to the new sanction laws may apply for an authorisation to meet that legal obligation. Applications should be submitted on the Online Sanctions Administration System within 90 days of the commencement of the new sanctions.
Australia and sanctions
Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern, including the grave repression of human rights, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, or armed conflict.
They impose restrictions on activities that relate to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities.
Australian sanction laws implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes.
Contravening an Australian sanction law may be a serious criminal offence. Penalties for sanctions offences include up to ten years in prison and substantial fines.
You should consider seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene an Australian sanction law.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Minister's delegate may be able to grant a permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene an Australian sanction law.
You can contact us in relation to sanctions permits by registering as a user of the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).
Contacting us is no substitute for seeking legal advice. We can provide information on Australian sanction laws, but can only provide legal advice to the Australian Government.
We are committed to administering Australian sanction laws diligently, but also in a way that facilitates trade wherever possible.
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