Sanctions

Public Consultation: Autonomous Sanctions: Review of designations and declarations of persons and entities due to expire in 2015

DFAT invites submissions from the public to assist its current review of each designation or declaration made in 2012 under the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) which the Minister for Foreign Affairs has not since revoked.

Submissions should comment on whether a person or entity whose designation or declaration is currently being reviewed meets the criteria set out in the Regulations. Submissions are due by Friday, 19 December 2014.

Further information: Public Consultation: Autonomous Sanctions: Review of designations and declarations of persons and entities due to expire in 2015

Public consultation on Australia's sanctions relating to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol

The Government is seeking public comment on the exposure draft of proposed amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011. The proposed amendments would impose new Australian autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol.  

Further information: Public consultation on Australia's sanctions relating to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol

Counter-terrorism sanctions: listings of two Australian individuals

On 13 November 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop listed the two Australian individuals, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Mahmoud Elomar, under Part 4 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945. This legislation gives effect to Australia's international obligations under United Nations Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) relating to the prevention and suppression of terrorist acts.

As a result of the listing all assets owned or controlled by Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Mahmoud Elomar are subject to an immediate asset freeze. It is an offence to use or deal with such assets, to allow such assets to be used or dealt with, or to facilitate the use of or dealing with such assets, without a permit. It is also an offence to make an asset (of any kind) available, directly or indirectly, to the listed persons without a permit.

Any person who holds, or suspect that they hold, assets (including real property) that are owned or controlled by a listed person must immediately notify DFAT at asset.freezing@dfat.gov.au and the Australian Federal Police at AOCC-Client-Liaison@afp.gov.au.

Further information: Counter-terrorism sanctions page

Australia and sanctions

Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern, including the grave repression of human rights, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, or armed conflict.

They impose restrictions on activities that relate to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities.

Australian sanction laws implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes.

Contravening an Australian sanction law may be a serious criminal offence. Penalties for sanctions offences include up to ten years in prison and substantial fines.

You should consider seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene an Australian sanction law.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Minister's delegate may be able to grant a permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene an Australian sanction law.

You can contact us in relation to sanctions permits by registering as a user of the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Contacting us is no substitute for seeking legal advice. We can provide information on Australian sanction laws, but can only provide legal advice to the Australian Government.

We are committed to administering Australian sanction laws diligently, but also in a way that facilitates trade wherever possible.

Please carefully consider the information in this section before contacting us. You can find detailed information by following the links in the menu.