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Australia and sanctions

Online Sanctions Administration System

As of 1 January 2020, DFAT will establish the Australian Sanctions Office. In 2020, OSAS will be replaced by a new online platform – Pax – improving the process for making enquiries regarding Australian sanctions regimes and applying for sanctions permits. User guides will be available to ease this transition and all existing applications will remain in OSAS until finalised. More information and updates will be available on this page soon.

You may register as a user of the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS) to contact DFAT in relation to sanctions permits.

Registered users of OSAS can submit an inquiry in relation to whether you need a sanctions permit for an activity, or a formal application for a sanctions permit.

DFAT responds to enquiries and applications submitted on OSAS as quickly as possible, subject to our current caseload. DFAT may also need to consult other Australian Government agencies, other countries, or a Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council.

DFAT is committed to administering Australian sanction laws diligently, but also in a way that facilitates trade wherever possible.

Planning for an activity

Before contacting DFAT in relation to a sanction permit for an activity please consider:

  • whether the activity relates to any country, good or service, or person or entity subject to a sanctions regime implemented under Australian sanction laws.
    • See detailed information on the sanctions regimes implemented under Australian sanction laws
    • See the Consolidated List of all persons and entities designated for the purposes of those sanctions regimes
  • seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene an Australian sanction law.
    • Consider whether the sanctions laws of another country may apply to the activity
    • Contacting DFAT is no substitute for seeking legal advice
    • DFAT can provide information on Australian sanction laws, but can only provide legal advice to the Australian Government

Submitting an application

Please do not submit an application for a sanctions permit unless you consider that the relevant criteria under Australian sanction laws for granting a sanctions permit are satisfied.

  • Different sanctions regimes impose different criteria which must be satisfied before the Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Minister’s delegate may grant a sanctions permit.

An application for a sanctions permit should generally include complete information about the activity

  • This includes, for example, the full path for any goods or services that you may provide, from you, through any intermediaries, to the end-user; and the full path for any payment that you may receive in return, from the end-user, through any intermediaries, to you.

Offences relating to sanctions

Contravening an Australian sanction law may be a serious criminal offence.

Penalties include up to ten years in prison and substantial fines. Australian sanction laws apply broadly, including to activities in Australia, and to activities by Australian citizens and Australian-registered bodies corporate overseas.

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