UN and Australian Autonomous Sanctions
Overview of the Sanctions Laws
The Sanctions Laws are punitive measures imposed by the Australian Government as a foreign policy response to situations of international concern. The purpose of the Sanctions Laws is to target persons, entities and governments most responsible for these situations.
The Sanctions Laws bind the University and entities over which the University exercises effective control. The Sanctions Laws impose sanctions against foreign states, individuals and entities.
The sanctions are detailed in:
- The UN Security Council Sanctions Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (the UN Charter Act)
- The Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 and the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011, and
- Other autonomous sanctions imposed by other Australian legislation, regulations or ministerial orders with the force of law.
Under the Sanctions Laws, the University is prohibited from dealing with specific individuals and entities, or providing those individuals, entities and specified countries with access to specific types of training, services and resources. The training, services or resources targeted by the sanctions are those relevant to military purposes or the development of weapons of mass destruction. For a small number of sanctioned countries this also applies to specified dual use goods.
The Sanctions Laws aim to ensure the University does not equip targeted individuals, entities or countries with these resources or the skills to utilise these resources.
The University must take reasonable precautions and exercise due diligence to prevent its conduct breaching the Sanctions Laws. Failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid contravention is a serious criminal offence. Penalties will apply if the University is convicted of the contravention of the Sanctions Laws.
The UN Security Council countries with a prohibition on providing a 'sanctioned service':
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- North Korea
Australia’s Autonomous Sanctions countries with a prohibition on providing a 'sanctioned service':
- Burma / Myanmar
- Crimea and Sevastopol
- North Korea
Sanctions and UniSA’s Admissions process
Where an applicant or visitor is a citizen of any of these countries, UniSA must undertake a risk assessment to determine whether the research to be undertaken is compliant with the UN and Australian Autonomous Sanctions.
The Graduate Research Admissions team will undertake a preliminary assessment and notify the proposed supervisor. The supervisor will be required to complete a Sanctions Compliance Form. Compliance must be assessed by the Principal Supervisors, Research Education Portfolio Leader (or equivalent) and the Head of School.
If, after assessment, the risk rating is ‘high’ then an offer for admission (and scholarship if applicable) will not be approved.
Further information is available via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College