Defence Export Controls

What are Export Controls?

“The collective term for all legislation used by the government to manage the trade and exchange of sensitive goods and technology” – visit:
Your research or university activities may be governed by these controls and if so you will need to obtain a permit. The Simple-Assessment and Toolkit below is designed to assist you.

Does this apply to me?

Use the simple UOW DTCA Permit Researcher Self-assessment Flowchart to see if you need to apply for a permit. 

Get Help

If you are still unsure contact the Research Integrity Officer on or 4221 4969 for help. 

Researcher Toolkit 



Defence Trade Controls Guideline (Coming Soon)

Defence Export Controls have the following training available:

DTCA Permit Researcher Self-Assessment Flowchart

Information for New Starters

DTCA Permit Information Form

Self-paced Awareness Training

DTCA Permit Variation Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Autonomous Sanctions Procedure

Example Scenarios

Code of Practice – Responsible Conduct of Research

Case Studies


Defence Trade Controls Act 2012

Defence and Strategic Goods List

Customs Act 1901

Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 - Regulation 13E

Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995

Military End-Use Provisions (Section 112BA)

Charter of the United Nations Act 1945

Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011

Australian and United States Export Regulations

*Note this is not a definitive list, other legislative considerations can be found on the Defence Export Controls Website.


Permit applications usually 15 working days for the Defence Export Controls Office (DECO) to process once they receive the documentation from UOW. In the event that information is missing, a specialist assessment or additional information is required by the DECO, this could extend the time up to 35 working days. In these cases we will be in contact with you.
Plan your project and don’t leave your permit until the last minute. The Research Integrity Officer is here to assist you and will be the Single Point of Contact with the DEC throughout this process unless otherwise advised.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

Last reviewed: 20 June, 2017