Australia and sanctions
What We Can Do to Help
ASO works to assist individuals, businesses and other organisations by providing guidance on how to comply with sanctions laws. But we cannot provide you with legal advice or advice on the sanctions laws of foreign countries.
How can I get help?
|Register as a Pax user||Pax is the Australian sanctions portal. You will need to register as a user of Pax to access a range of our services, including to request an indicative assessment and apply for a sanctions permit.||Register as a Pax user|
|Make a general enquiry||
General enquiries can be made through Pax. On the Pax landing page, click on the Contact Us tab on the navigation bar to submit your query. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible, noting that more complex queries may require more time.
Please note that if you wish to seek guidance on whether you may be affected by Australian sanctions law, you should request an indicative assessment in Pax (see below).
|Submit an enquiry through the Contact Us form on Pax|
|Request an indicative assessment||
You can request an indicative assessment from the ASO of whether you may be affected by Australian sanctions law.
Before requesting an indicative assessment, you should read all the information on this website, follow the What You Need To Do Checklist and get your own legal advice as appropriate.
While we will work as quickly as possible to process requests, if possible you should allow 3 months for the ASO to assess your matter, especially for complex activities and activities in high-risk countries or regions. Generally we expect, although cannot always guarantee, that it will take us 6-8 weeks to process your request. Go to Sanctions Permits for applicable information on the time it will take and how to avoid delays.
|Request an indicative assessment in Pax|
|Apply for a sanctions permit||
You can submit an application for a sanctions permit in Pax.
Before making an application, you should read all the information on this website, follow the What You Need To Do Checklist and get your own legal advice as appropriate.
While we will work as quickly as possible to process applications, if possible you should allow 3 months for ASO to process your application, especially for complex activities and activities in high-risk countries or regions. Generally we expect, although cannot always guarantee, that it will take us 6-8 weeks to process your application. Go to Sanctions Permits for information on the time it will take and how to avoid delays.
|Submit an application in Pax|
|Get updates on Australian sanctions law||
You can subscribe to our email list to receive email updates on Australian sanctions law.
You can also view all updates on our website on the ASO landing page on the DFAT website.
|Find out whether a person or entity is subject to targeted financial sanctions||
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.
We maintain a Consolidated List of all persons and entities subject to targeted financial sanctions, which is designed as one tool to assist you in undertaking your due diligence checks. Information on how to search the list is provided under Consolidated List.
|Search the Consolidated List|
|Get notification of updates to our Consolidated List||Subscribe to our email list to receive notification of updates to our Consolidated List.||Subscribe to our email list|
|Find out about ASO presentations||We provide free presentations on Australian sanctions law for individuals, Australian businesses, universities and other organisations in Australian major capital cities. Subscribe to our email list to receive information on upcoming presentations including the location, timing and how to register.||Subscribe to our email list|
|Request an ASO speaker for an event||We are available to present at seminars hosted by industry groups, professional associations and peak bodies. To enquire about an ASO speaker for your event, please send us an email.||Submit your query using the Contact Us form on Pax|