All academic staff, including fixed-term, continuing and paid conjoints, are required to identify and disclose any activities relating to export controls, sanctions and sensitive research.

1. Overview

Where sensitive research is being undertaken, it is important to ensure that academic and research staff are aware of their obligations with regard to export controls and sanctions legislation.

Research may be considered ‘sensitive’ when it involves goods, software or technology that is regulated when exported, supplied, brokered or published as indicated by the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) and identified by the Australian Government Department of Defence.

This is underpinned by key legislation including the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011. Unless there is an exemption, researchers will require a permit when exporting, supplying, brokering or publishing items from the DSGL.

To enable UQ to have visibility of research activities that may fall under the export control and sanctions legislation, all research conducted in areas covered by the DSGL and the sensitive technologies list is required to be registered (see section: Identifying sensitive research), following UQ’s Export Controls Policy and Procedures.

If you work or potentially work in areas of sensitive research, you need to familiarise yourself with UQ's Export Controls Policy and Procedures, and Conflict of Interest for Members of Staff - Procedures, section 3.4 Disclosure and Management of Interests. 

Need advice?

If you need advice about the disclosure of export controls, sanctions or sensitive research activities, you can consult:

  • your supervisor or manager.

For advice about export controls, sanctions and sensitive research:

For conflicts of interest (COI):

For queries about conflict of interest related to research:

For information about research practice, including principles, advice, concerns, and training:

For policy queries: