Australia and sanctions
What is the Consolidated List?
The Consolidated List is a list of all persons and entities who are subject to targeted financial sanctions under Australian sanctions law. Those listed may be Australian citizens, foreign nationals, or residents in Australia or overseas.
You are responsible for undertaking the due diligence checks necessary to ensure the persons or entities connected with your proposed activity are not subject to targeted financial sanctions. The Consolidated List is designed as one tool to assist you to undertake your due diligence checks. You are also responsible for undertaking due diligence to ensure no asset is indirectly provided to any individual or entity on the Consolidated List.
ASO maintains the list and updates it regularly. You can subscribe to our email list to receive updates. The Consolidated List includes, where available, the name (including any alias), date and place of birth, and citizenship and address of listed persons and entities.
Why check the Consolidated List?
It is important you check the Consolidated List to ensure that you do not contravene Australian sanctions law by providing assets to, or dealing with the assets of, a listed person or entity. It is a serious criminal offence to contravene a sanctions measure. The penalties include up to ten years in prison for individuals and substantial fines for individuals and bodies corporate.
Targeted financial sanctions prohibit:
- directly or indirectly making an asset available to (or for the benefit of) a designated person or entity; and
- an asset-holder using or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a designated person or entity. As these assets cannot be used or dealt with, they are referred to as ‘frozen’.
Unlike trade restrictions which usually apply to specific goods and services, targeted financial sanctions prohibit the supply of any asset whatsoever to designated persons or entities.
When should I check the Consolidated List?
You should check the Consolidated List before undertaking an activity to ensure you do not contravene an Australian sanctions law. You can check the list at any time and subscribe to our email list to receive notifications on updates to the Consolidated List.
How do I search the Consolidated List?
What should I do if I find a match on the Consolidated List?
If your proposed activity in any way involves a person or entity listed on the Consolidated List, you should seek legal advice before taking further action.
If you are, or think you may be, using or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a designated person or entity (that is, you are holding a freezable or controlled asset), you must hold (or ‘freeze’) the asset and inform the Australian Federal Police as soon as possible. Asset holders are required by law to provide the AFP with specific information about freezable or controlled assets (see regulation 42 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008 and regulation 24 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011). Information on how to contact the AFP is provided here on the AFP website.
What if it is unclear whether an asset is owned or controlled by a person or entity on the Consolidated List?
Asset holders may request the assistance of the AFP to determine whether or not an asset is owned or controlled by a person or entity on the Consolidated List.
To make a referral to the AFP, download a referral form here. The form should be completed with as much information as possible about the asset, including its owner or controller, and the asset holder’s contact details. The completed form should be emailed to the AFP Operations Coordination Centre (AOCC) at AOCC-Client-Liaison@afp.gov.au (Contact Tel. (02) 61267133).
Does the Consolidated List include persons or entities listed under other countries laws?
The Consolidated List only lists persons and entities subject to targeted financial sanctions under Australian sanctions law. It does not include persons or entities listed under other Australian laws, or the sanctions laws of other countries. We encourage you to consider whether an activity may be subject to other Australian laws or the sanction laws of another country and, if so, to consider seeking legal advice as to whether a further authorisation is required for the purposes of those laws.
Can I apply for a sanctions permit for an activity related to a person or entity on the Consolidated List?
In some circumstances, it may be possible to obtain a sanctions permit to allow an activity related to a person or entity on the Consolidated List that would otherwise be prohibited by an Australian sanctions law. Information on applying for a permit is provided under Sanctions Permits. The Consolidated List identifies the sanctions regime for each listing. You can then check the relevant regime to identify the criteria required to apply for a sanctions permit.
What if I am a designated person or entity who wants to be removed from the list?
If you are a designated person or entity who wants to be removed from the Consolidated List, go to Requests to be De-Listed for further information on how to make a request.
What if my asset has been wrongly frozen?
If you consider that an asset that you directly or indirectly own or control has been frozen in error, please read the information provided under Wrongly Frozen Assets .
Relevant legislation for the information in this section includes:
- Charter of the United Nations Act 1945
- Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011
- Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011