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Export Control Compliance

Australia & USA Defence

ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and the EAR (Export Administration Regulations) are export control regulations controlled  by the US Government.  Both of them are designed to help ensure that defence related technology does not get into the wrong hands.

Australia and the United States have a long standing treaty with increasing interoperability between both defence forces.  A large percentage of the defence equipment and technology acquired by the Australian Government is sourced from the United States (US), and is subject to both Australian and US export controls.  With the increasing operational tempo, this is anticipated to increase as Australian weapons systems, processes and procedures integrate with their United States counterparts.

Over 90% of this equipment is categorised as controlled unclassified data and items, with the rest receiving some level of security classification.  A serious concern for both countries is the protection of this IP and technology from unauthorised third parties, which is a key tenet of both Australian and US export control policy.

One set of US controls are detailed in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and include the identification of specific countries that have restricted access to US ITAR controlled technology, goods and services.  Many Australian defence industry Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), work with, develop for, and buy from the United States.

Australian defence industry businesses will need to revise and implement  processes to manage items under both jurisdictions, creating a requirement to provide defence personnel  and SMEs,  both  experienced  and  inexperienced,  with practitioner level training to allow an in-depth understanding of the regulations and what is needed from these companies to ensure compliance.

To assist the Australian defence SME in particular, but equally applicable to the Defence department and large corporations, Goal has developed a one-day workshop offering a comprehensive overview of the regulations and what you need to know.  The outcomes of the workshop include:

  • An in-depth understanding of ITAR and what is needed from these to ensure compliance;
  • An in-depth understanding of EAR and what is needed from these to ensure compliance;
  • Managing US export controlled items from a practical industry perspective;
  • An in-depth understanding of the US Governments Export Control reform;
  • An in-depth understanding of the Australia – US Defence Trade Controls Treaty;
  • Awareness of Australian Export Controls and the Defence Export Controls Office

Goal has provided training, compliance audits and advice to a number of Defence and Defence Industry clients and is fast becoming the ‘go to’ m Program Office and to ensure that their supply chain, comprised of SME’s, is compliant with ITAR.  Goal has been actively providing these services for the past 18 months enhancing our in-depth understanding of the requirements of ITAR and the EAR and how it is used in day-to-day activities.

If you would like more information on ITAR or EAR  requirements and training, or you would like to arrange for a training course, please contact us.

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