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Scenarios - Foreign Nationals

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.

Foreign Nationals

Scenario One - Visiting foreign nationals

The manufacturing plant that I work at is planning to begin admitting groups of the general public to tour the plant facilities. I am concerned that approval might be required if the tour groups include foreign nationals. Would such a tour be subject to export controls?

No, a tour of this nature would not be subject to export controls as the activity is taking place entirely within Australia. The controls in the Act apply only to the supply of DSGL technology from Australia to outside Australia.