Date posted: 16/09/2019 3 min read

New guidance on Australia’s sanctions regimes

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released new ‘snapshots’ that provide an overview of Australia’s sanctions regimes

In brief

  • Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern
  • Australia implements 21 sanctions regimes comprising a diverse range of measures
  • Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern

DFAT has released new guidance materials about Australia’s sanctions regimes. 

Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern. 

Australia implements two types of sanctions:

  • United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions that Australia must impose as a member of the UN
  • those imposed under Australia's foreign policy.

Australia and/or the UNSC may impose what is referred to as a sanctions 'regime' in response to an issue of international concern. Australia implements 21 sanctions regimes including:

  • restrictions on trade in goods and services
  • restrictions on engaging in commercial activities
  • targeted financial sanctions (including asset freezes) on designated persons and entities
  • travel bans on certain declared persons.

Australia's sanctions laws apply to domestic activities and those undertaken overseas by Australian citizens and Australian-registered corporate bodies. It is your responsibility to ensure you do no contravene a sanctions law, including by obtaining your own legal advice. 

The ‘snapshots’, which provide an overview of the measures in each of the sanctions regimes and include links to key information, are available on the DFAT website. 

Sanctions regimes

Australian sanction laws implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes.

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