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.

4. Resources

Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL)

The DSGL information page and the DSGL 2019 are useful resources to learn more about controlled goods, software or technology.

The online DSGL is an online self-assessment tool to determine whether a permit is required to export, supply, publish or broker controlled goods, software or technology.  

Policies and procedures

UQ policies

The following policies are relevant to Export Controls, Sanctions and Sensitive Research:

UQ policy and procedures should be read in conjunction with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Key legislation

Underpinning Australia’s system of export controls and sanctions is a legislative framework that includes:

  1. Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011;
  2. Charter of the United Nations Act 1945;
  3. Customs Act 1901;
  4. Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958;
  5. Defence Trade Controls Act 2012;
  6. Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013;
  7. National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018;
  8. Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention and Proliferation) 1995.



Academic title-holders, visiting academics, emeritus professors, adjunct and honorary title-holders, industry fellows, and conjoint appointments.

Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL)

The list that specifies the goods, software or technology that is regulated when exported, supplied, brokered or published. The DSGL includes munitions (or military) items dual-use items. A permit is required when exporting, supplying, brokering or publishing DSGL items unless there is an exemption.

Dual-use items

Items that may be used for commercial purposes, but may be used in military systems or for weapon of mass destruction purposes.


Export of DSGL items from Australia to a place outside Australia. Such exports include the transmission of certain controlled information.

Export controls

Relates to the regulation of the export of defence and strategic goods and technologies.  Australia's export control policies are in place to enable the export of defence and strategic goods where it is consistent with Australia's national interests and international obligations.


Under the DSGL, ‘goods’ refers to physical items.


Any University Staff, Student or Affiliate who conducts, or assists with the conduct of, research at, or on behalf of the University.


Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern.

Sensitive Technologies List  

A list of technologies released by the Department of Defence in October 2019 that may warrant special protection and security support from Defence.

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 regarding 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:

For general queries regarding the disclosure and management of interests, contact:


Disclosure and management of interests - who needs to register?

UQ has created an integrated framework regarding the disclosure and management of interests, which simplifies and clarifies policies and procedures to ensure ethical and legal compliance.        

All fixed-term and continuing staff members are required to complete the Conflict of Interest Register. Casual, unpaid and honorary staff who have a conflict of interest to declare are required to complete the Conflict of Interest form (PDF, 1.42 MB) and submit to your supervisor in your organisational unit. Note that this form is different to the Conflict of Interest Register.

All professional staff (HEW 8 level and above) are required to complete the Secondary Employment Register.

All academic staff (continuing and fixed-term contracts of 12 months or longer; conjoint appointments where UQ is the lead employer) are required to complete the:

These registers must be completed annually, even if there is no item to disclose, and when circumstances change.