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In keeping with Australia's national interests and international obligations, Defence facilitates the responsible export of military and dual-use goods and technologies from Australia.

DEC's quarterly permit statistics provide the number and type of export applications received and finalised, application processing timeframes, the estimated total value of permits issued, and the breakdown of permits issued to end-users by continent.

The statistics do not equate to actual exports as there is no obligation to conduct or report on an activity under a permit.

Export Application Statistics

Certificate Statistics

For statistics from previous financial years

Permits are required for the export of military and dual-use goods and technologies which are defined by the Defence and Strategic Goods List.

Military goods include weapons, munitions and armour but also include items such as explosives, radios, simulators and training equipment that are used in civilian industries such as mining and manufacturing.

Dual-use items and technologies are generally used for civilian purposes but could also be used or adapted for use in a military program or contribute to the development and production of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons systems. Dual-use items can include chemicals for mineral processing, sensors and lasers for university research and development programs, or software and computer equipment.

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with our export control
provisions. This includes consideration of human rights, national security, regional security, foreign policy, and international obligations.

Details on arms transfers within scope of the Arms Trade Treaty are available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s website
 

Export Applications

Export applications received and finalised for the Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Applications received

855

956

 

 

1811

Applications finalised

842

963

 

 

1805

Export Application Processing

The percentage of export applications processed that were Non-Sensitive and Sensitive/Complex for the Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Average

% of export applications that were Non-Sensitive

86%

88%

 

 

87%

% of export applications that were Sensitive/Complex

14%

12%

 

 

13%

The percentage of export application processing times that met benchmark assessment timeframes for the Financial Year 2020-2021

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Average

% of Non-Sensitive applications assessed within 15 days

95%

95%

   

95%

% of Sensitive/Complex applications assessed within 35 days

83%

70%

   

76%

Export Application Approvals and Assessments

Export permit approvals, supported in-principle assessments, and advice issued for FY2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Permits (Customs Act) Issued

502

558

   

1060

Permits (Defence Trade Controls Act) Issued

93

131

   

224

In-Principle Applications Supported

16

26

   

42

Export Control Assessments Issued

136

123

   

259

Advice to Government Agencies Issued

38

68

   

106

Export Application Prohibitions and Denials

Export denials under Regulations 13E of the Customs Act 1901, in-principle assessments not supported, and prohibitions under the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Act and Military End-Use provision for FY2020‑21

Export Application Prohibitions and Denials

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Denials (Customs Act)

2

2

   

4

In-Principle Applications Not Supported

7

3

   

10

Prohibition Notices (Defence Trade Controls Act)

0

0

   

0

Prohibition Notices (Weapons of Mass Destruction Act)

2

1

   

3

Prohibitions Notices (Military End-Use)

1

0

   

1

Prohibition Notices (Publications)

0

0

   

0

 

Export Applications Withdrawn, Made Inactive, Lapsed and No Further Action Required

Withdrawn, made inactive, lapsed, and no further action required for FY2020-21

Export Withdrawals or Lapsed

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Withdrawn, Made Inactive, or Lapsed

37

43

   

80

No Further Action Required

2

4

   

6

Information on certificates is available from the Apply for supporting import and end-use certificates page.

Certificates Issued

Certificates issued for Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

International Import Certificates issued

94

104

   

198

Delivery Verification Certificates issued

32

36

   

68

Non-Transfer and End-Use Certificates issued

15

18

   

33

Foreign End Use Certificates signed

75

67

   

142

Australian General Export Licences

AUSGELs issued for Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

AUSGEL - Approved

9

0

   

9

AUSGEL - Withdrawn

4

0

   

4

Certificates and Australian General Export Licences (AUSGEL) Processing

Percentage of Certificates (15 days) and AUSGELs (35 days) processed within benchmark timeframes for Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Average %

Certificates

99%

100%

   

99%

Australian General Export Licenses (AUSGEL)

100%

100%

   

100%

Broker Registration

Broker Registrations received and completed for Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Broker Registration - Received

1

2

   

3

Broker Registration - Completed

2

0

   

2

Broker Registrations - Withdrawn

0

0

   

0

Estimated value of Approved Defence Export Permits

Caveat on statistics in this section: The estimated value includes permits for permanent, temporary and repair and return exports. From 1 January 2018 onwards, applicants have been required to include their estimation of the total value of their export over the life of the permit. Some permits, for example a permit for the repair and return of Australian equipment, extend over five years. Year-to-year comparisons of export values could therefore be misleading.

Estimated value of Defence permits issued, and percentage of permits with a declared value, by Financial Years

 

FY17-18
Total

FY18-19
Total

FY19-20
Total

FY20-21
1st Quarter

FY20-21
2nd Quarter

FY20-21
3rd Quarter

FY20-21
4th Quarter

FY20-21
Total

Estimated value of Approved Defence Permits

$1,589,507,983

$4,908,165,335

$5,259,440,598

$626,342,920

$708,496,064

   

$1,334,838,984

% of Defence Permits with a Declared Value

83%

93%

97%

94%

93%

 

 

93%

Export Permits Issued to End Users by Continent

Export permits issued to End Users (by Continent) by Financial Years

 

FY17-18

FY18-19

FY19-20

FY20-21
1st Quarter

FY20-21
2nd Quarter

FY20-21
3rd Quarter

FY20-21
4th Quarter

FY20-21
Average

Africa

4%

3%

4%

4%

2%

   

3%

Antarctica

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

   

0%

Asia

16%

19%

17%

17%

15%

   

16%

Australia*

21%

19%

17%

12%

13%

   

12%

Europe

18%

20%

20%

17%

24%

   

21%

North America

21%

21%

24%

30%

28%

   

29%

Oceania

18%

15%

16%

19%

18%

   

19%

Other

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

   

0%

South America

2%

2%

2%

1%

0%

   

1%

Export Permits issued to Australian end users relate to temporary exports. Temporary exports include but not limited to: demonstration or repair and return.