News Ukraine situation: Australia announces sanctions

On 19 March 2014 the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced that the Australian Government will impose travel bans and targeted financial sanctions against twelve persons who have been responsible for or complicit in the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Australia will amend the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 to implement the targeted financial sanctions against these twelve persons.

Once the targeted financial sanctions have commenced, it will be an offence to make any kind of asset available to, or for the benefit of, those persons, directly or indirectly; or to use or deal with assets that they own or control.

The names of the designated persons will be published in a legislative instrument and in the DFAT Consolidated List. Their names will not be published until the sanctions have commenced to prevent them from possibly avoiding the sanctions by moving any assets they may hold within Australia's jurisdiction.

Media release: Ukraine situation: Australia announces sanctions

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.

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