Sanctions

Burma

Australia imposes an autonomous sanctions regime in relation to Burma.

The Australian Government imposed the autonomous sanctions regime in 1991 in response to the Burmese Government’s failure to recognise the victory of the National League for Democracy in the elections in Burma in 1990.  

The autonomous sanctions regime initially imposed an arms embargo, targeted financial sanctions and travel bans.  The Australian Government lifted the targeted financial sanctions and travel bans in July 2012.  The Minister for Foreign Affairs retains the capacity to re-impose targeted travel and financial sanctions in relation to Burma. 

Australians doing business in Burma should be aware that individuals and companies with close ties to the Burmese military continue to exercise influence across many sectors of the economy, including, but not limited to the oil, gas and timber sectors. 

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

This page also includes useful links.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

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

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 this prohibition 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 Burma, for use in Burma, or for the benefit of Burma

    without a sanctions permit.

  2. Australian law also prohibits the provision to Burma, or to a person for use in Burma, 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