Australia and sanctions
What You Need to Do
What do I need to do?
It is your responsibility to ensure you do not contravene a sanctions law. You must get your own legal advice and conduct your own due diligence to ensure you are fully informed about who you are dealing with. We are here to assist you understand your rights and responsibilities and will work with you to prevent and address breaches of Australian sanctions law. But we cannot provide legal advice or advice on the sanctions laws of other countries.
What if I have information on a possible illegal activity?
If you have any information in relation to a possible contravention of an Australian sanctions law, please notify ASO by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or notify the Australian Federal Police (AFP) or Australian Border Force (ABF). Information on how to contact the AFP and report a crime is provided here on the AFP website or through the ABF Borderwatch program to report suspicious or illegal immigration, customs and border-related activity.
What if I hold, or think I may hold, a freezable or controlled asset?
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 AFP as soon as possible. Asset holders are required by law to provide the AFP with specific information about freezable or controlled assets (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 I think I've made a mistake?
Tell us. We respect when you have made your best efforts to comply and mistakes happen. If you identify that you have unintentionally undertaken an activity in contravention of an Australian sanctions law, without a permit to do so, please notify us immediately by email at email@example.com. We want to work with you to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities, and is willing and able to comply. We will work with you to prevent and address breaches.