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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.

Defence Export Controls’ 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 legislation based 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) 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

857

956

962

878

3653

Applications finalised

840

963

958

836

3597

Export Application Processing

The percentage of export applications processed that were Non-Sensitive and Sensitive/Complex1 for the Financial Year 2020-21
1 Sensitive/Complex applications cover assessments that require referrals to other government agencies to assist in assessing an application against the legislative criteria.

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Average

% of export applications that were Non-Sensitive/Non-Complex

86%

88%

83%

85%

85%

% of export applications that were Sensitive/Complex

14%

12%

17%

15% 15%
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%

91% 90%

93%

% of Sensitive/Complex applications assessed within 35 days

82%

70%

79% 79% 78%

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

504

558

556 499

2117

Permits (Defence Trade Controls Act) Issued

93

131

109 104

437

In-Principle Applications Supported

14

26

21 13

74

Export Control Assessments Issued

135

123

141 117

516

Advice to Government Agencies Issued

38

68

59 44

209

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
Defence Export Controls data remediation activities have resulted in the previously reported figures for In-Principle Assessments Not Supported – seven in Q1 and three in Q2 – being revised to eight in each quarter.
Defence Export Controls data remediation activities have resulted in the previously omitted denials under the Defence Trade Controls Act for Q1/Q2 statistics being included – one for each quarter.

Export Application Prohibitions and Denials

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Denials (Customs Act)

2

2

0 1

5

In-Principle Applications Not Supported2

8

8 4 3

23

Prohibition Notices (Defence Trade Controls Act)

0

0

0 0

0

Denials (Defence Trade Controls Act)3 1 1 0 0 2

Prohibition Notices (Weapons of Mass Destruction Act)

2

1

0 0

3

Prohibitions Notices (Military End-Use)

1

0

0 0

1

Prohibition Notices (Publications)

0

0

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

52 49

181

No Further Action Required

2

4

16 1

23

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

93

104

101 83 382

Delivery Verification Certificates issued

32

36

51 55

174

Non-Transfer and End-Use Certificates issued

15

18

19 19

71

Foreign End Use Certificates signed

75

67

74 80

296

Australian General Export Licences

AUSGELs issued for Financial Year 2020-21

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

AUSGEL - Approved

9

0

2 38

49

AUSGEL - Withdrawn

4

0

6 6

16

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%

96% 99%

99%

Australian General Export Licenses (AUSGEL)

100%

-

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

2 1

6

Broker Registration - Completed

2

0

3 1

6

Broker Registrations - Withdrawn

0

0

1 0

1

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

 

 

% of Defence Permits with a Declared Value Estimated Value on Approved Defence Permits

FY2020-21

Total

93% $2,691,076,460

 

1

94%

$626,410,109

  2 93% $708,496,064
  3 92% $846,102,073
  4 92% $510,068,214
FY2019-20 Total 97% $5,303,881,508
FY2018-19 Total 93% $4,902,603,200

Export Permits Issued to End Users by Region

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

 

FY18-19

FY19-20

FY20-21
1st Quarter

FY20-21
2nd Quarter

FY20-21
3rd Quarter

FY20-21
4th Quarter

FY20-21
Average

Africa

3%

4%

4%

2%

4% 5%

3%

Asia

19%

17%

17%

15%

18% 15%

17%

Australia*

19%

17%

12%

13%

13% 14%

12%

Europe

20%

20%

17%

24%

20% 21%

21%

North America

21%

24%

30%

28%

27% 29%

28%

Oceania

15%

16%

20%

18%

14% 13%

17%

Other

0%

0%

0%

0%

1% 0%

1%

South America

2%

2%

1%

0%

2% 2%

1%

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