Sanctions: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)

Important notice

On 28 February 2017, the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced a proposed expansion of Australia's autonomous sanctions against the DPRK, in response to the DPRK's reckless and dangerous nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  Following a public consultation process, the proposed measures have now been implemented by the Autonomous Sanctions Amendment (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Regulations 2017 and the Autonomous Sanctions (Classes of Sanctioned Vessels – Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Designation 2017.  

Some of the new autonomous sanctions measures commenced on 6 July 2017, and some of the new autonomous measures commenced  on 5 August 2017.

The Government has also recently enacted regulations to amend the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Regulations 2008. Some of the new provisions commenced on 6 July 2017 and some of the new provisions commenced on 5 August 2017.

An explanation of these changes is available at the page Australia expands sanctions on North Korea.

If you think your current or future business or other activities may be affected by the new sanctions, you should seek legal advice.  You can also use the Online Sanctions Administration System to submit an inquiry in relation to an activity, or to make a formal application for a sanctions permit.


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 1718 (2006) on 14 October 2006 imposing sanctions on the DPRK. The sanctions have been amended and extended by UNSC resolution 1874 (2009), resolution 2087 (2013), resolution 2094 (2013), resolution 2270 (2016), resolution 2321 (2016), resolution 2356 (2017) and resolution 2371 (2017). Australia implements UNSC-mandated sanctions in respect of the DPRK primarily via the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Regulations 2008.

Australia also imposes autonomous sanctions in relation to the DPRK. The Australian Government announced its autonomous sanctions in September 2006 in response to Australia's concerns about the DPRK's nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and proliferation programs. The autonomous sanctions have been amended on several occasions since. Australia implements its autonomous sanctions in respect of the DPRK primarily via the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.

The pages listed below summarise the sanctions measures imposed by Australia in relation to the DPRK. 

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Last Updated: 8 August 2017