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Access Restrictions Under Australian Government Legislation

Access to NCI facilities may be restricted under the international sanctions treaties, the Autonomous Sanctions Act (2011, Cth) and the Defence Trade Controls Act (2012, Cth).

Australian sanction laws implement the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime and the Australian autonomous sanctions regimes. These laws restrict financial transactions and prohibit the supply of military or strategic goods and services (including technology transfer, technical assistance or advice and dual use goods) to a sanctioned country or designated person. Countries sanctioned under the Autonomous Sanctions legislation are listed on the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs website.

Where access to NCI infrastructure and services is proposed for a foreign national from a Sanctioned Country, the institution at which the person is a staff member, student or affiliate must provide a certification, signed by a responsible officer, that the use of NCI facilities in support of the project is not in breach of Australian sanctions legislation.

NCI recommends that Lead Chief Investigators seek advice from their Institution's Research and/or Legal offices on any questions of compliance with these acts of legislation. Compliance is generally managed through the home institution of a project's Lead Chief Investigator and any researchers attached to a project.

The NCI Sanctions Declaration form can be completed by your institution and returned to NCI to certify a member of your project team.

Background information on autonomous sanctions is available from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade –