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What are autonomous sanctions?

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What are Autonomous Sanctions?

Currently, there are autonomous sanctions in force in relation to the following countries; Burma, North Koreaformer Yugoslavia, Iran, Libya, SyriaZimbabwe, Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol.

Whereas there are differences to the sanctions between these countries, in summary these sanctions have the effect of prohibiting the University from activities including the following:

  1. Supplying, selling or transferring arms or related material including software to certain countries (Burma, Iran, Syria and Zimbabwe);
  2. 3.2. Providing technical advice, assistance (including financial assistance or a financial service) or training in relation to a military activity or an activity involving the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms and related material to a person from Burma, Iran, Syria and Zimbabwe;
  3. Making an asset (including funds, financial assets and economic resources) available to, or for the benefit of, certain persons or entities from the sanctioned countries who have been designated by the Minister (DPRK, FFRY, Iran, Libya, Syria and Zimbabwe);
  4. Using or dealing with an asset (including funds, financial assets and economic resources) that is owned or controlled by certain persons or entities from the sanctioned countries who have been designated by the Minister;
  5. For Iran, the provision of training or technical advice with respect to military activities and with the import and export of goods including graphite, raw metals and semi-finished metals  and  enterprise resource planning software, designed specifically for use in nuclear and military industries;
  6. In 2015 The Australian government has recently expanded its autonomous sanctions regime against Russia. The Autonomous Sanctions Amendment (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol) Regulation 2015 (Cth)1 and the Autonomous Sanctions (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol) Specification 2015 (Cth)2 commenced on 31 March 2015 in response to Russia’s ongoing threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The principal target is the export of material technology in Oil and Gas or the financial support of these activities. Currently UWA is waiting advice on any action that we may need to undertake for students studying at UWA.

In relation to points 3 and 4, a consolidated list of designated persons or entities is maintained and published by DFAT on its website.

In relation to point 6, Australian law prohibits the provision to Russia, or to a person for use in Russia, of technical advice, assistance or training; or financial assistance; or a financial service; or another service if it assists with, or is provided in relation to:

In relation to points 2 and 5, the following are examples of how a University might breach the sanctions in terms of transfer of knowledge:
  • An Iranian student is provided with training that assists him or in maintaining or developing nuclear installations;
  • The University of Western Australia supplies knowledge, training or software to Iranian students, research associates or entities in the field of certain graphite materials;
  • The University of Western Australia, through Faculty, enters into an agreement with a company in Syria to provide software that assists in the detection of radar.

More information about Autonomous Sanctions is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at This page should be referenced when assessing the application of Autonomous Sanctions to your situation. Sanctions are expanded under “List of Sanctions under Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 and as amended in 2012” at the end of this document.


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