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Regulating resource sector exports

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We administer 3 resource sector export controls under the Customs (Prohibited Export) Regulations 1958.

The controls prohibit the export of certain Australian commodities for security and trade protection.  

Exporting rough diamonds

Rough diamond exports can only be received by countries participating in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The scheme is an international effort to eliminate rough diamond trading that funds conflicts against legitimate governments.

Shipments leaving Australia must have a Kimberley Process Certificate certifying the diamonds are legitimately sourced.

Exporting uranium and controlled ores

Uranium and related nuclear materials are subject to Australia’s non-proliferation obligations and safeguards regime.

You must apply for permission to export these goods. Permits are granted by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia or an authorised person in our department.

Exporting natural gas

The Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism ensures there is a sufficient supply of natural gas to meet the forecast needs of Australian energy users.

If drawing gas from a domestic shortfall market results in an insufficient gas supply, LNG projects may be required to limit exports or find new gas sources.

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Last updated: 13 February 2019

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