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Defence Trade Controls Act - Registration for Workshops Now Open

The Act puts new measures in place to strengthen the controls for the intangible (e.g. via email, internet and social media etc.) supply and publication of Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) technologies and the brokering of DSGL goods and technology in order to bring Australia in line with international best practice. Permits for these activities will be required when the new export control measures come into force on 2 April 2016.

The maximum penalty for contravention of the Act is 10 years imprisonment or a fine, or both. 

The DSGL is a compilation of military and dual-use items that Australia controls for export. The DSGL is split into two parts:

  • Part 1 lists defence and related items. These items are designed or adapted for use by armed forces or goods that are inherently lethal.
  • Part 2 lists dual-use items that have a commercial and research purpose, but could also be used for the development or production of military systems or in WMD programs.

Part 2 is further divided into the following 10 categories:

Category 0

Nuclear Materials

Category 1

Materials, Chemical, Microorganism and Toxins

Category 2

Materials Processing

Category 3


Category 4


Category 5

Telecommunications and Information Security

Category 6

Sensors and Lasers

Category 7

Navigation and Avionics

Category 8


Category 9

Aerospace and Propulsion


Complete the DTCA Online Workshop Now

If you're working with items on the DSGL or believe you will be working with such items in the future, we strongly encourage you to complete the DTCA Online Workshop via iLearn to ensure that you're complying with the Act. There will also be a short quiz at the end to test your knowledge of the Act.

For more information on the Act, please click here.

Last updated: 16 November 2016