Government's response to the review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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20 March 2024

The Albanese Government has tabled in Parliament the review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 and the Government’s response to it. 

A review of the Act is required under legislation every five years to ensure Australia’s export control regime remains fit for purpose, balancing appropriate safeguards with a rapidly evolving strategic environment.

Mr Peter Tesch, former Deputy Secretary in the Department of Defence, and Professor Graeme Samuel AC, President of the National Competition Council, were appointed as independent co-leads to undertake the review. The independent co-leads undertook consultations with key stakeholders across government, industry and academia. 

The review made 10 recommendations aimed at improving Australia’s export control regime, including streamlining processes, giving consideration to the penalty regime and improving outreach and education about the framework. The Government agrees with seven recommendations and agrees-in-principle with the remaining three recommendations. 

The Government will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders, including industry and academia, to implement the review’s recommendations. The Government will implement the key recommendations alongside the forthcoming reforms to the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012.

For further information on the review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 visit the Defence website

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

I thank Peter Tesch and Professor Graeme Samuel for their time, effort and extensive consultation in reviewing the Act. The Albanese Government is committed to ensuring the Australian export control regime remains fit-for-purpose in a rapidly evolving strategic environment.”

“The review and its recommendations have been informed by extensive engagement with key stakeholders across government, academia, and industry, and will help strengthen Australia’s export controls system.” 

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