What is Australian Sanctions Office?

The Australian Sanctions Office (ASO) is the Australian Government’s sanctions regulator. As the sanctions regulator, ASO:

  • provides guidance to regulated entities, including government agencies, individuals, business and other organisations on Australian sanctions law;
  • processes applications for, and issues, sanctions permits;
  • works with individuals, business and other organisations to promote compliance and help prevent breaches of the law;
  • works in partnership with other government agencies to monitor compliance with sanctions legislation; and
  • supports corrective and enforcement action by law enforcement agencies in cases of suspected non-compliance.

The Australian Sanctions Office sits within DFAT’s Legal Division in the International Security, Humanitarian and Consular Group.