Does the Defence Trade Control Act (DTCA) Affect You?

If you are an academic or a researcher many aspects of your work may be affected by the Defence Trade Control Act.

The Defence Trade Control Act (DTCA) regulates the supply, publication and brokering of controlled materials as listed on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) between one person inside Australia and another person overseas.

The DSGL is divided into two parts: Part 1 – Munitions (military & related goods) and Part 2 –  Dual Use (which covers items primarily for commercial use, but which could have a military or weapons of mass destruction end use).

Part 2 of the DSGL is comprised of 10 categories, including: (1) nuclear materials, (2) materials, chemicals, micro-organisms & toxins, (3) materials processing, (4) electronics, computers, (5) telecommunications & information security, (6) sensors & lasers, (7) navigation and avionics, (8) marine; and (9) aerospace & propulsion.

In day-to-day practice, some of the most commonly affected areas include:

  • Co-author communications & paper submissions
  • Peer-reviewing grants and publications
  • Sharing unpublished research findings and releasing DSGL technology via publication into the public domain
  • Submitting grant applications or reports to international funding bodies
  • Collaborating with international researchers
  • Verbal communications such as: presenting at a conference or giving an oral presentation (as a commercial consultant or academic guest)
  • Teaching a course that contains DSGL technology available via online means to students currently located overseas

If you believe that your work or research might be affected by the DTCA, please refer to the DTCA webpage for further details:, or contact us at

We also strongly encourage our researchers to sign up for the Defence Trade Control Act online workshop via iLearn.