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Defence Export Controls (DEC) Statistics

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In keeping with Australia’s national interests and international obligations, Defence facilitates the responsible export of military and dual-use goods and technologies from Australia.

DEC's quarterly permit statistics provide the number and type of export applications received and finalised, application processing timeframes, the estimated total value of permits issued, and the breakdown of permits issued to end-users by continent.

The statistics do not equate to actual exports as there is no obligation to conduct or report on an activity under a permit.

Export Application Statistics

Certificate Statistics

For statistics from previous financial years

What are military and dual-use goods and technologies?

Permits are required for the export of military and dual use goods and technologies which are defined by the Defence and Strategic Goods List.

Military goods include weapons, munitions and armour but also include items such as explosives, radios, simulators and training equipment that are used in civilian industries such as mining and manufacturing.

Dual-use items and technologies are generally used for civilian purposes but could also be used or adapted for use in a military program or contribute to the development and production of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons systems. Dual-use items can include chemicals for mineral processing, sensors and lasers for university research and development programs, or software and computer equipment.

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with our export control provisions. This includes consideration of human rights, national security, regional security, foreign policy, and international obligations.

Details on arms transfers within scope of the Arms Trade Treaty are available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s website.

Export Application Statistics

Export Applications

This is an image of a graph showing the number of export applications recieved and finalised for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the Export applications received and finalised table below for data.
Export applications received and finalised for the Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Applications received 954 880 923 794 3551
Applications finalised 939 1094 920 868 3821

Export Application Processing

This is an image of a graph showing the percentage of export application processing times that met benchmark assessment timeframes for the financial year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
The percentage of export applications processed that were non-sensitive and sensitive/complex for the Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Average
Percentage of export applications that were non-sensitive 84% 89% 85% 83% 85%
Percentage of export applications that were sensitive/complex 16% 11% 15% 17% 15%
The percentage of export application processing times that met benchmark assessment timeframes for the Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Average
Percentage of non-sensitive applications assessed within 15 days 52% 56% 76% 91% 69%
Percentage of sensitive/complex applications assessed within 35 days 56% 66% 91% 86% 75%

Export Application Approvals and Assessments

This is an image of a graph showing the percentage of export applications which resulted in different outcomes. See the table below for data.
Export permit approvals, supported in-principle assessments, and advice issued for FY2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Permits (Customs Act) issued 559 604 502 474 2139
Permits (Defence Trade Controls Act) issued 78 122 114 104 418
In-Principle Assessments supported 18 25 13 17 73
Export Control Assessments issued 148 171 155 151 625
Advice issued to Government agencies 40 51 45 65 201

Export Application Prohibitions and Denials

Export denials under Regulations 13E of the Customs Act 1901, in-principle assessments not supported, and prohibitions under the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Act and Military End-Use provision for FY2019‑20
Export application prohibitions and denials 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Denials (Customs Act) 1 1 0 0 2
In-Principle Assessments not supported 1 3 1 1 6
Prohibition notices (Defence Trade Controls Act) 0 0 0 0 0
Prohibition notices (Weapons of Mass Destruction Act) 1 0 0 0 1
Prohibitions notices (Military End-Use) 0 1 0 0 1
Prohibition notices (Publications) 0 0 0 0 0

Export Applications Withdrawn, Made Inactive, Lapsed and No Further Action Required

Withdrawn, made inactive, lapsed, and no further action required for FY2019-20
Exports withdrawn or lapsed 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Withdrawn, made inactive, or lapsed 83 104 76 50 313
No further action required 6 12 13 6 37

Certificate Statistics

Certificates Issued

This is an image of a graph showing the number of certificates issued for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
Certificates issued for Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
International Import Certificates issued 85 108 94 84 371
Delivery Verification Certificates issued 72 38 43 27 180
Non-Transfer and End-Use Certificates issued 26 18 13 25 82
Foreign End Use Certificates signed 54 46 39 50 189

Australian General Export Licences (AUSGEL) Statistics

This is an image of a graph showing the number of Australian General Export Licenses issued in the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
AUSGELs issued for Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
AUSGELs approved 8 7 8 12 35
AUSGELs withdrawn 1 3 0 2 6

Certificates and Australian General Export Licences (AUSGEL) Processing

This is an image of a graph showing the percentage of certificates and AUSGELs proccessed within benchmark times for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
Percentage of certificates (15 days) and AUSGELs (35 days) processed within benchmark timeframes for Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Average %
Certificates 99% 99% 97% 98% 98%
AUSGELs 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Broker Registration

This is an image of a graph showing the number of broker registrations received and completed for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
Broker registrations received and completed for Financial Year 2019-20
  1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
Broker registrations received 4 2 1 1 8
Broker registrations completed 1 0 0 1 2
Broker registrations withdrawn 3 1 1 1 6

Estimated Value of Approved Defence Export Permits

Caveat on statistics in this section: From 1 January 2018 onwards, applicants have been required to include their estimation of the total value of their export over the life of the permit. Some permits extend over multiple years. Year-to-year comparisons of export values could therefore be misleading.

This is an image of a graph showing the total value of approved Defence permits for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.

 

This is an image of a graph showing the percentage of Defence permits which had a declared value for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.
Estimated value of Defence permits issued, and percentage of permits with a declared value, by Financial Years
  FY17-18
Total
FY18-19
Total
FY19-20
1st Quarter
FY19-20
2nd Quarter
FY19-20
3rd Quarter
FY19-20
4th Quarter
FY19-20
Total
Estimated value of approved Defence permits $1,589,507,983 $4,904,551,884 $2,111,593,970 $1,222,289,382 $539,497,545 $1,385,617,201 $5,258,998,098
Percentage of Defence permits with a declared value 83% 93% 97% 98% 96% 95% 97%

Export Permits Issued to End Users by Continent

This is an image of a graph showing the Export Permits by continent issued for the Financial Year 2019-20. See the table below for data.

* Export permits issued to Australian end users relate to temporary exports. Temporary exports include but not limited to: demonstration or repair and return.

 

Export permits issued to end users (by continent) by Financial Years
  FY17-18 FY18-19 FY19-20
1st Quarter
FY19-20
2nd Quarter
FY19-20
3rd Quarter
FY19-20
4th Quarter
FY19-20
Average
Africa 4% 3% 4% 5% 3% 5% 4%
Antarctica 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Asia 16% 19% 18% 18% 16% 17% 17%
Australia* 21% 19% 19% 15% 20% 15% 17%
Europe 18% 20% 19% 21% 21% 19% 20%
North America 21% 21% 19% 22% 24% 30% 24%
Oceania 18% 15% 20% 16% 14% 14% 16%
Other 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
South America 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2%

* Export permits issued to Australian end users relate to temporary exports. Temporary exports include but not limited to: demonstration or repair and return.