Public Consultation: Review of Australia’s autonomous sanctions imposed on 84 individuals and entities in relation to Ukraine
DFAT is conducting a statutory review of Australia’s autonomous sanctions imposed on 63 individuals and 21 entities in response to Russia’s ongoing threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. These individuals and entities have been designated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs under the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 for the purpose of targeted financial sanctions. These individuals have also been declared by the Minister under the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 for the purpose of travel bans. These designations and declarations will expire on 2 September 2017 unless extended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Further information on making a submission in relation to each of these reviews
Members of the public are invited to comment by 5pm on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
Australia imposes an autonomous sanctions regime in relation to Ukraine.
The Australian Government announced on 19 March 2014 that it would impose the 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 autonomous sanction regime in relation to Ukraine.
This page also includes information on de-listing requests from a designated person or entity and useful links.
Targeted financial sanctions
Australian law prohibits:
- the use of or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a ‘designated person or entity’ for Ukraine; and
- making an asset available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a ‘designated person or entity’ for Ukraine
without a sanctions permit.
An ‘asset’ is defined broadly to include an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.
The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons and entities.
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; and
- the application for the sanctions permit is for a ‘basic expense dealing’, a ‘legally required dealing’, or a ‘contractual detailing’ as those terms are defined in regulation 20 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.
If you assess that your activity satisfies these conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).
Australian law prohibits a ‘declared person’ for Ukraine from travelling to, entering or remaining in Australia unless the Minister for Foreign Affairs waives this prohibition.
The Consolidated List includes the names of all declared persons.
Conditions for the waiver of a travel ban
The Minister for Foreign Affairs may waive this prohibition only:
- on the grounds that it would be in the national interest; or
- on humanitarian grounds.
De-listing requests from a designated person or entity
A person or entity designated or declared for the purposes of the Australian autonomous sanctions regime in relation to Ukraine may submit a de-listing request to the Minster for Foreign Affairs under regulation 11 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.