Restrictions on scientific and technical cooperation

This page summarises Australia's restrictions on scientific and technical cooperation in relation to the DPRK.

UNSC sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits engaging in scientific and technical cooperation involving groups officially sponsored by the DPRK, or representing the DPRK (but not including medical exchanges).

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising a person to engage in sanctioned scientific or technical cooperation if the sanctioned scientific or technical cooperation is in any of the following fields:

  1. nuclear science and technology;
  2. aerospace or aeronautical engineering and technology;
  3. advanced manufacturing production techniques and methods;

only if the Committee has determined that the cooperation will not contribute to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or ballistic missile-related programs.

If the sanctioned scientific or technical cooperation is not in a field mentioned above, the Minister may grant a permit for the cooperation only if:

  1. the Minister is satisfied that the cooperation will not contribute to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or ballistic missile-related programs; and
  2. the Committee has been notified that the Minister is so satisfied.

Implementing legislation

Last Updated: 8 August 2017