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Scenarios - Commercial Consulting

Key Concepts

Supply - when controlled technology, or access to that technology, is provided to users located outside of Australia.

Publication - when controlled technology is placed it in the public domain.

Pre-publication - activities, such as supplying a draft publication to a publisher or a peer reviewer, that support the pubication process.

Export - sending goods and/or technology from Australia to a place outside of Australia.

As a first step, it is important to understand whether the goods or technologies you are using actually trigger control thresholds. You can self-assess using the Online DSGL Tool on the DEC website.

The list of controlled goods and technologies (the Defence and Strategic Goods List) is split into two parts:

Part 1 lists munitions (or military) items. These items are more tightly controlled.

Part 2 lists dual-use items; that is, items that may be used for commercial purposes, but may be used in military systems or for weapon of mass destruction purposes.

Commercial Consulting

Scenario One - Consulting overseas

I am an academic at an Australian university, with expertise in design and creation of submicron devices. I have been asked to be a consultant for a company in another country that wishes to manufacture such devices. Do I need approval to do so?

Will you be sending your controlled technology from Australia?

  • If the DSGL technology is controlled you will need a permit to supply it from Australia to the overseas company. You can seek a permit to cover all exports or supplies of DSGL technology for the duration of your consultancy services.
  • If you are working with the company while overseas you will not require approval, as the controls do not apply to supply of DSGL technology outside Australia.
  • If you take the DSGL technology with you on a laptop or media storage device you will require an export permit.