It is important to self-assess whether your work could be controlled:
- Does my work involve dual-use goods or technologies?
Please use the DSGL tool at https://dsgl.defence.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx to answer this question. If the answer is yes, then consider the below question
- Do any exemptions apply to my work?
Some research collaborations are exempted from the provisions of the DTCA, so even if your research is included on the DSGL, you may not need a permit. The Exemptions are listed below:
Work in the public domain
If the technology is already available to the public, for example, in publications, product brochures and public blogs, websites, podcasts or databases, then it is not controlled. This exemption applies to all software and technology in the DSGL.
Basic scientific research
If the technology extends only to the "fundamental principles of phenomena or observable facts", and is "not primarily directed towards a specific practical aim or objective", this falls within the definition of basic scientific research, and would therefore not be controlled. This exemption applies to all technology listed on the DSGL.
Minimum necessary information for patent applications
This exemption applies to the supply of DSGL technology where it is done for the purpose of 'seeking a patent' in Australia or overseas. This exemption does not apply to nuclear technology.
Medical equipment specially designed for medical end-use
This exemption applies to equipment that incorporates an item controlled in the dual use section (Part 2) of the DSGL. This exemption does not include equipment that simply has a medical end-use.
You would generally not require a permit to publish or broker dual-use technology. However, at the discretion of the Minister for Defence, the Department of Defence may issue a notice to prohibit a dual‐use publication or brokering activity if they reasonably believe that it would prejudice Australia’s security or international obligations.
Please note there is a specific interpretation of the words supply and publication in this context. For more information, please see: http://www.defence.gov.au/deco/Publication.asp#supply
For further information on the Exemptions, please see http://www.defence.gov.au/deco/DSGL.asp#exempt