Australia outlines support for defence trade law update

19 February 2019

The Australian government has outlined its support for a series of proposals to update the country's defence trade legislation, which regulates the supply of military and dual-use technology overseas.

The Department of Defence (DoD) said on 14 February that it supported all nine recommendations suggested in an independent review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012, which was launched in April 2018 and led by Dr Vivienne Thom, a former inspector-general of Intelligence and Security and a former deputy of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

According to the DoD, the review considered whether the legislation provides "appropriate levels of regulation for defence technology, while also ensuring there are no unintended consequences arising from the Act, such as unnecessary regulatory burden".

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