Restrictions on the import or procurement of services

This page summarises Australia’s current restrictions on the import or procurement of services from the DPRK.

UNSC sanctions regime

1. Australian law prohibits the procurement from the DPRK, a person in the DPRK, or a national of the DPRK, of any of the following ‘sanctioned services’:

  • technical training, advice, services or assistance if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, a supply, for the benefit of the DPRK, of:
  • technical training, advice, services or assistance if it assists with the manufacture, maintenance or use of:
  • technical training, advice, services or assistance if it could contribute to the proliferation of sensitive nuclear activities or the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems in the DPRK;
  • the transportation of goods that are the subject of a supply of ‘export sanctioned goods’, or that are ‘import sanctioned goods’ in the course of being procured from the DPRK or from a person or entity in the DPRK;
  • a financial transaction related to the supply, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms or related matériel;
  • the leasing or chartering of an Australian ship or Australian aircraft to:
    • the DPRK or to a person who is a resident or national of the DPRK;
    • a designated person or entity; or
    • any other person acting on behalf, or at the direction of one of those persons or entities;
  • the crewing of a ship or aircraft, used to provide a service in, to or from the DPRK, with Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • brokering or other intermediary services, including when arranging for the provision, maintenance or use of ‘export sanctioned goods’;
  • financial services that could contribute to:
    • the nuclear or ballistic missile programs, or other weapons of mass destruction programs, of the DPRK; or
    • another activity prohibited, or the evasion of measures imposed, by a United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK;
  • the provision of public or private financial support for the purposes of trade with the DPRK, that could contribute to:
    • the nuclear or ballistic missile programs, or other weapons of mass destruction programs, of the DPRK; or
    • another activity prohibited by a United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK; and
  • an investment service if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, a sanctioned commercial activity,

2. Australian law also prohibits the procurement of technical training, advice services or assistance from the DPRK, a person or entity in the DPRK, or a national of the DPRK, if the procurement relates to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms or related matériel.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs cannot grant a sanctions permit authorising the procurement of a ‘sanctioned service’ or a service which relates to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms or related matériel.

Implementing legislation

Regulations 4, 8, 11 and 11E of the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions — Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Regulations 2008

Last Updated: 30 November 2016