Fiji: Lifting of sanctions

On 31 October 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms Julie Bishop announced that Australia has lifted all remaining autonomous sanctions in relation to Fiji, following Fiji's election on 17 September 2014. This decision has been implemented through amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011, which repealed sanctions measures in relation to Fiji. From 31 October 2014, dealings with Fiji will no longer be subject to sanctions laws.

Further information: Fiji country page

Ukraine situation: Australia announces additional sanctions in relation to Russia

On 1 September 2014 the Prime Minister announced expanded autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia. These measures will include restrictions on arms and dual use goods exports; restrictions on the access of Russian state-owned banks to Australian capital markets; preventing the export of goods and services for use in deep water, arctic, or shale oil exploration or production projects in Russia; restrictions on Australian trade and investment in Crimea and preventing the sale of Australian uranium to Russia. These measures will be implemented through amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.

Further information: Ukraine 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.