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How to use the information and background to autonomous sanctions

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Associate Director, Admissions


Compliance Assessment Checklist for Autonomous Sanctions:


How to use this information

This site will provide you with a background to Australian Autonomous Sanctions and you can use this resource to self-assess whether your activity, or proposed activity, may be in breach of Australian Autonomous Sanctions. Australia also observes United Nations (UN) Sanctions. Summarised information on UN Sanctions is found on this site under section; “United Nations Security Council Sanctions”.

If it is the case that you believe you may breach these sanctions as a member of the University community, you are advised to follow recommended action contained in this document and to consult with your Dean or equivalent to establish what further action you may need to take.

If you are applying to join The University of Western Australia (UWA) as a student, researcher or employee, appropriate assessments will be undertaken by relevant organisational groups within UWA as required.




From 1 July 2011, the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (and as updated) has provided a new framework designed to strengthen Australia’s existing autonomous sanctions by consolidating them into a single piece of legislation. The framework includes regulations designed to drive a strict liability regime under which Australian organisations (including universities) could be liable for a breach if they are unable to demonstrate that they have taken ‘reasonable precautions’ and ‘exercised due diligence’ in the development and implementation of industry specific Autonomous Sanctions (AS) related policies, procedures and educational/training programs.

The prohibitions are related to providing technical advice, assistance (including financial assistance or a financial service); training in relation to a military activity or an activity involving the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms and related material; assistance or training in a sanctioned good to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to a person from Iran, Syria Burma, Fiji, or Zimbabwe as contained in Regulation 5 in the provision of a Sanctioned Service[1].

Sanctions also apply to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol which principally target the export of material technology in Oil and Gas or the financial support of these activities. 

Further details are provided below  under the headings; “What are Autonomous Sanctions” and “Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011”.

The sanctions DO apply to distance education, offshore campuses and joint-degree courses offered with foreign universities.

[1] Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 (Regulation 5 – Sanctioned service) Regulation 5 provides that a “sanctioned service” is the provision to either Burma, Fiji, Iran, Syria or Zimbabwe of technical advice, assistance or training, financial assistance, or a financial or other service, if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, a military activity, or an activity involving the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance or use of an export sanctioned good for the respective country.


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