Sanctions

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

Review of UN Terrorism Listings – Public Submissions

Members of the public are invited to comment by 5 p.m., 16 October 2014, on a review of Australia's existing listings of the following persons five persons associated with terrorism, implemented pursuant to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1373 (2001): Manssor Arbabsiar, Abdul Reza Shahlai, Ali Gholam Shakuri, Hamed Abdollahi, and Qasem Soleimani.

These five persons were listed in November 2011 over their alleged involvement in the attempted murder of the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States. The Government is reviewing these listings to determine whether they should be extended for a further three years from November 2014.

Further details on how to make a submission.

DFAT clarifies the interpretation of the term 'arms or related matériel'

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.