Australia’s export control laws regulate the export from Australia to a place outside Australia of certain defence and strategic goods and technology including dual use items in applied research not already in the public domain.

The export of defence and dual-use goods is restricted under the Customs Act 1901, the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulation 13E 1958, the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention and Proliferation) Act 1995 and the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (DTCA).

Customs Act 1901Regulates the export of tangible goods and technology subject to control
Defence Trade Controls ACT 2012Regulates the intangible supply and brokering of goods and technology subject to control
Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL)Australia's list of regulated goods and technology which require a permit or license before exportation

Do I need a permit?

You can establish if you’ll need a permit to export, supply, publish or broker controlled goods, software or technology, using the DSGL online questionnaire tool.

Applying for a permit

Griffith University is a registered client with the Australian Department of Defence under the Defence Export Control System ( DECS ) for the purpose of applying for permission or a licence to export tangible goods on the DSGL . If the online DSGL tool indicates your intended export may be controlled, please complete the DEC Application for DSGL Assessment and email it to The Office for Research will submit the form on your behalf.

Export controls in other countries

Many countries have their own stringent controls in place for the import and export of controlled goods and technology. In addition to checking if you need a permit to export from Australia, you also need to check whether there are permit requirements in the countries you intend to enter and depart. Where possible, speak to your international collaborators to seek the relevant information.

Below are some links to international requirements:

Tools and resources

Additional information about the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 and the supply of export controlled goods and technology can be found at the Defence Export Controls website.

The website contains tools allowing assessment of tangible and intangible goods.

The US Department of Health and Human Services NIH has guidance material on Dual Use Research of Concern:

Further information

For all queries regarding exports, email us or phone Tony Sheil, Deputy Director Research Policy on (07) 3735 4278.