Australia and sanctions
What is the Consolidated List?
The Consolidated List is a list of all persons and entities listed under Australian sanctions laws. Listed persons and entities are subject to targeted financial sanctions. Listed persons may also be subject to travel bans.
You are responsible for undertaking the due diligence checks necessary to understand whether any of the persons or entities connected with your proposed activity are listed.
The Consolidated List is designed as one tool to assist you. It includes, where available, the name (including any aliases), date of birth, place of birth, citizenship and address of listed persons and entities.
ASO maintains the Consolidated List and updates it regularly. You can subscribe to our email list to receive updates.
How do I access the Consolidated List?
The Consolidated List, most recently updated on 28 November 2023, is available here:
Why should I check the Consolidated List?
You should check the Consolidated List before undertaking an activity to ensure you do not contravene Australian sanctions laws.
Contravening Australian sanctions laws can be a serious criminal offence. Penalties include up to ten years in prison for individuals, and substantial fines for individuals and bodies corporate.
Listed persons and entities are subject to targeted financial sanctions, which prohibit you from:
- directly or indirectly making an asset available to, or for the benefit of, a listed person or entity; and
- if you hold an asset that is owned or controlled by a listed person or entity, using or dealing with that asset (this is commonly referred to as an ‘asset freeze’).
Australian sanctions laws define an ‘asset’ for these purposes as including an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, however acquired.
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 consider seeking legal advice before taking further action.
If you are, or think you may be, holding an asset that is owned or controlled by a listed person or entity, 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 on the AFP website.
What if it is unclear whether an asset that I hold 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. 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 National Operations and State Service Centre (NOSSC) at NOSSC@afp.gov.au (Contact Tel. (02) 5126 0000).
Does the Consolidated List include persons or entities listed under other countries’ laws?
The Consolidated List only lists persons and entities listed under Australian sanctions laws. 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 your activity may be subject to other Australian laws or the sanction laws of another country. If so, you should consider seeking legal advice as to how those laws may impact upon your activity.
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 listed person or entity and want to be removed from the list?
If you are a listed person or entity and wants to be removed from the Consolidated List, go to Requests to be De-Listed for further information.
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, go to Wrongly Frozen Assets for further information.
Relevant legislation for the information in this section includes: