Crimea and Sevastopol

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. 

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 (OSAS) within 90 days of the commencement of the new sanctions. You may also make an inquiry on OSAS if you are not sure whether your transaction is covered by the new sanctions.

Assessments of applications will take account of pre-existing commitments relating to the new sanctions.

Public consultation on Australia’s sanctions relating to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol

The Government response to the public consultation on amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 is now available.

Australia implements an autonomous sanctions regime in relation to Crimea and Sevastopol.

The Australian Government announced on 19 March 2014 that it would impose a sanctions regime in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. On 1 September 2014 the Prime Minister announced expanded autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol.

This page summarises the current sanctions measures imposed by the sanctions regimes implemented by Australia in relation to Crimea and Sevastopol.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Crimea or Sevastopol, for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, or for the benefit of Crimea or Sevastopol, of the following ‘export sanctioned goods’ for Crimea and Sevastopol:

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to any person of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training; or
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service; or
    • another service

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of an ‘export sanctioned good’ for Crimea or Sevastopol, to Crimea or Sevastopol, for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, or for the benefit of Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to any persons of:
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service;

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, the import, purchase or transport of an ‘import sanctioned good’ for Crimea or Sevastopol that originates in, or is exported from, Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to Crimea or Sevastopol, or to a person for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training;
    • financial assistance;
    • a financial service; or
    • another service

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to:

    • the manufacture, maintenance or use of an ‘export sanctioned good’ for Crimea or Sevastopol; or
    • engagement in a sanctioned commercial activity for Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to a person of an investment service if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, a sanctioned commercial activity for Crimea or Sevastopol without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the import, procurement, purchase or transport of goods

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits the import, purchase or transport of the following ‘import sanctioned goods’ for Crimea or Sevastopol if the goods originate in, or are exported from, Crimea or Sevastopol:

  • all goods

without a sanctions permit.

This prohibition does not include goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol which have been made available to the Ukrainian authorities for examination and for which compliance with the conditions conferring entitlement to preferential origin has been verified by Ukrainian officials. 

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on commercial activities

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

  1. Australian law prohibits:
    • the granting by a person of any financial loan or credit; or
    • the establishment by a person of a joint venture;

    relating to:

  1. Australian law prohibits the acquisition or extension by a person of an interest in an enterprise that was established in Crimea or Sevastopol and is engaged in:

    without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System(OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Regulations 3, 5C, 13A and 18 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011

Targeted financial sanctions

Targeted financial sanctions have been imposed against ‘designated’ persons and entities from both Russia and Ukraine in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

Information about the Australian laws prohibiting dealing with a designated person or entity and dealing with controlled assets, is available from the Ukraine sanctions page.

Travel bans

Travel bans have been imposed against ‘declared’ persons from both Russia and Ukraine in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

Information about the declared persons prevented from travelling to, entering or remaining in Australia, is available from the Ukraine sanctions page.

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Last Updated: 30 March 2015