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Steps universities and research institutions can take to ensure compliance with the Defence Trade Controls Act’s strengthened export controls.

Steps universities and research institutions can take to ensure compliance with the Defence Trade Controls Act’s strengthened export controls.

Australia’s new strengthened export controls will require that students and staff researching and publishing findings related to technology listed on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) obtain permits from the Defence Export Control Office (DECO) in some instances. Your university has likely already started down the path of examining your exposure to Australia’s strengthened […]

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Navigating Australian Export Controls: What industry needs to know for compliance.

Navigating Australian Export Controls: What industry needs to know for compliance.

Over the course of the past two years, the Australian government has been working to strengthen export controls in Australia, which includes placing new controls on intangible “exports” such as publications, emails, data access channels, and other “supplies” of technology listed on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL). These new controls will have a […]

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License Exception STA for Australian Companies

License Exception STA for Australian Companies

Australian companies may see a sharp increase in the use of license exception STA in the future. The acronym STA stands for Strategic Trade Authorization. Information about license exception STA can be found in Part 740.20 of the EAR, and we outline some key information about STA below.

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Trade Controls Summit a success

Trade Controls Summit a success

The first annual Trade Controls Summit, held on 20 November 2013 in Canberra was a successful event attended by 150 members of Australian industry. Presentations at the one-day event included: An update on Australia’s Strengthened Export Controls (DECO) An overview of the Australian Export Best Practices Guide (Thales) Trade Sanctions and Related Controls (DFAT) A […]

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A look at the UK-US Treaty implementation and what we may expect in implementing the AU-US Treaty

A look at the UK-US Treaty implementation and what we may expect in implementing the AU-US Treaty

Both the UK-US Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty (UK-US Treaty) and the Australia- U.S. Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty (AU-US Treaty) were signed in 2007, but have taken different trajectories in the pace of their implementation. While we are still ironing out the finer points of the implementing legislation and Approved Community membership requirements here in Australia, […]

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DECO to launch electronic filing for export licenses and permits in 2013

DECO to launch electronic filing for export licenses and permits in 2013

DECO is in the process of upgrading its current IT system, which is now 20 years old. The new system will have improved functionality for DECO and will allow exporters to request licenses and permits on-line. One of the key features of the new system will be the ability for exporters to both file applications, […]

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How significant of a priority is anti-bribery and corruption enforcement for Australia?

How significant of a priority is anti-bribery and corruption enforcement for Australia?

Over the past two years we have heard a great deal about Australia’s commitment to combating corruption domestically and overseas. Two new initiatives, the National Anti-Corruption Plan and a review of our anti-bribery legislation, were launched by the Attorney General’s Department in late 2011. The OECD Working Group on Bribery also visited Australia in May […]

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The Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 was passed by the Australian Parliament

 The Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 was passed by the Australian Parliament

The Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 was passed by the Australian Parliament on 31 October 2012. The Bill, which implements the US-Australia Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty and implements more stringent controls on Australia’s intangible defence exports, will become an Act after it receives Royal Assent from the Governor General. Defence is currently redrafting the associated […]

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Universities weigh-in on the Defence Trade Controls Bill

Universities weigh-in on the Defence Trade Controls Bill

The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation (the Committee) has issued its long-awaited final report on the proposed Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011 (the Bill), which includes several recommendations for amendments to the draft Bill and a recommendation that the Bill, incorporating these amendments, be debated in the Senate and passed. […]

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Conducting compliance audits- how does your organisation measure up?

Conducting compliance audits- how does your organisation measure up?

You’ve just learned that on a recent business trip to Singapore, one of your engineers decided to take some components from the warehouse to use as visual aids in the presentation she was giving. The components are controlled under the DSGL and your company has clear procedures concerning the process for obtaining export permits and […]

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