Controlled goods and technologies are defined and listed in the Defence and Strategic Goods List, commonly referred to as the DSGL. The DSGL is divided into two parts, as outlined below:

  • Part 1: Includes military items designed or adapted specifically for military purposes, or items that are inherently lethal, incapacitating or destructive; and
  • Part 2: Includes items and technologies that may be used or adapted for use in a military program or that may contribute to the development or production of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons systems. These are commonly referred to as dual-use goods or technologies.

Under the DSGL, ‘goods’ refers to physical items, and ‘technology’ refers to the specific information necessary for the development, production or use of controlled goods, including technical data or technical assistance.

Please note that controlled technology includes many items that form supporting information for a controlled good, including, but not limited to, drawings, blueprints, instructions, photographs, documentation, plans, diagrams, models, manuals, schematics and technical data.

The categories included in the DSGL are very wide-ranging across the science and technology disciplines, however, in most cases the controlled goods or technologies listed under these categories are very specific. To determine whether your particular research is affected, consult the Online DSGL Tool or contact Research Development and Support.


The Defence and Strategic Goods List

The DSGL specifies the equipment, assemblies and components, associated test, inspection and production equipment, materials, software and technology that is regulated when exported, supplied, published or brokered. A permit is required to perform these activities for DSGL items unless there is an exemption.

The DSGL may be changed from time to time to reflect changes in the various multilateral non-proliferation and export control regimes of which Australia is a member. Always consult the current online version to determine if your research is affected.

The full DSGL is an extensive document. Tables 1 and 2 below provide a top-level overview of the different categories included in the DSGL.


Table 1: Defence and Strategic Goods List Part 1 - Military Goods and Technology


Table 2: Defence and Strategic Goods List Part 2 – Dual-Use Goods and Technology

For further information about how export controls affects individual researchers, please refer to the information provided on Introduction to Export and Defence Trade Control.