Public Consultation on Australia's sanctions relating to Iran
The Government is seeking public comment on the exposure draft of proposed amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) imposing additional sanctions relating to Iran.
The proposed amendments would give effect to measures announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Bob Carr, on 10 January 2013 relating to Iran.
The Government welcomes comments on the proposed amendments:
The effect of the amendments would be to prohibit, without prior authorisation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs:
- A sanctioned import:
- the import, purchase or transport of natural gas products that originate in, or are exported from, Iran;
- The following additional categories of sanctioned supply:
- the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of graphite, raw metals and semi-finished metals;
- the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of naval equipment;
- the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of software for integrating industrial processes;
- the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of vessels designed for the transport or storage of oil, gas or petrochemical products;
- The following additional category of sanctioned service:
- the provision to a person of flagging and classification services to an Iranian oil tanker or cargo vessel; and
- The following additional category of sanctioned commercial activity:
- the construction of, and the participation in the construction of, a new oil tanker for Iran, an Iranian person or an Iranian entity.
New categories of goods and technology
The effect of the amendments would be to prohibit, without prior authorisation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs new categories of goods and technology. Subject to the decision of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the individual items under these new categories could include the items listed here.
Any person with a pre-existing legal obligation to import goods subject to ‘sanctioned import’, or supply to goods subject to the expanded ‘sanctioned supply’, may apply for an authorisation to meet that legal obligation. Such an application must be made within 30 days of the commencement of the new sanctions.
Any person with a pre-existing legal obligation to provide a service subject to the expanded ‘sanctioned service’, may apply for an authorisation to meet that legal obligation. Such an application must be made within 30 days of the commencement of the new sanctions.
Any person with a pre-existing legal obligation to engage in a sanctioned commercial activity will also have 30 days from the date the sanction commences to apply for authorisation to continue that activity. In this case, however, the authorisation will terminate on 31 December 2013. In other words, any person with a pre-existing legal obligation that would, but for this sanction, have continued beyond 31 December 2013 will need to divest itself of the obligation prior to 31 December 2013.
How to make a submission
- Complete a submission cover sheet [DOC 326 KB]
- Prepare your submission. Preferred format is PDF.
- Email your cover sheet and submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, post your submission to:
Sanctions and Transnational Crime Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221 Australia
Submissions should be made by close of business on Friday 10 May 2013. The Department reserves the right not to consider late submissions.
All submissions will be treated as public documents, unless the author of the submission clearly indicates the contrary by marking all or part of the submission as 'confidential'. Public submissions may be published in full on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, including any personal information of authors and/or other third parties contained in the submission. If any part of the submission should be treated as confidential then please provide two versions of the submission, one with the confidential information removed for publication.
A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to a submission marked confidential will be determined in accordance with that Act.