Sanctions

Zimbabwe

Australia imposes an autonomous sanctions regime in relation to Zimbabwe. 

The Australian Government imposed the autonomous sanctions regime in 2002.  It targets persons and entities who or which engage in, or have engaged in, activities that seriously undermine democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

This page summarises the current sanctions measures imposed by the autonomous sanction regime in relation to Zimbabwe.

This page also includes information on de-listing requests from a designated person or entity and useful links.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

Australian law prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Zimbabwe, for use in Zimbabwe, or for the benefit of Zimbabwe, of the following ‘export sanctioned goods’:

  • arms or related matériel

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising the supply of arms or related matériel to Zimbabwe if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to any person of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training; or
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service; or
    • another service;

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to:

    • the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms or related matériel to Zimbabwe, for use in Zimbabwe, or for the benefit of Zimbabwe

    without a sanctions permit.

  2. Australian law also prohibits the provision to Zimbabwe, or to a person for use in Zimbabwe, of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training; or
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service; or
    • another service;

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to:

    • a military activity; or
    • the manufacture, maintenance or use of arms or related matériel

    without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Targeted financial sanctions

Australian law prohibits:

  • the use of or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a ‘designated person’ for Zimbabwe; and
  • making an asset available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a ‘designated person’ for Zimbabwe

without a sanctions permit.

An ‘asset’ is defined broadly to include an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if:

  • the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so; and
  • the application for the sanctions permit is for a ‘basic expense dealing’, a ‘legally required dealing’, or a ‘contractual detailing’ as those terms are defined in regulation 20 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.

If you assess that your activity satisfies these conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Travel bans

Australian law prohibits a ‘declared person’ for Zimbabwe from travelling to, entering or remaining in Australia unless the Minister for Foreign Affairs waives this prohibition.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all declared persons.

Conditions for the waiver of a travel ban

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may waive this prohibition only:

  • on the grounds that it would be in the national interest; or
  • on humanitarian grounds.

Implementing legislation

De-listing requests from a designated person or entity

A person or entity designated or declared for the purposes of the Australian autonomous sanctions regime in relation to the FFRY may submit a de-listing request to the Minster for Foreign Affairs under regulation 11 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.