The University of Newcastle, Australia

Legislative background

Legislative background

The Defence Trade Control Act 2012 (the Act) is a Commonwealth act which comes into effect on 2 April 2016.

The Act puts in place measures to control the transfer of defence and strategic goods technologies.  In order to strengthen Australia’s export controls, and to stop technology that can be used in conventional and weapons of mass destruction from being misused, the Act includes provisions regulating the:

  • Intangible supply of technology relating to defence and strategic goods, such as supply by electronic means; and
  • Brokering the supply of Defence and Strategic Goods (DSGL) goods and technology.