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 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.