Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles has announced a review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 to be led by Peter Tesch and Professor Graeme Samuel AC.
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The Defence Trade Controls Act 2012, which regulates the supply of military and dual-use technology overseas and the brokering of defence goods and technology, requires a review every five years to ensure Australia’s export control regime remains fit for purpose, balancing appropriate safeguards with a rapidly evolving strategic environment.
The review will examine the act alongside existing policies and regulations surrounding the protection of sensitive and critical technology and consider whether current safeguards for technology transfers complement these frameworks. This review will also extend to evaluate the act in the context of other reforms the government is considering to defence trade.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP said, “The Albanese government is committed to ensuring the Australian export control regime remains fit for purpose in a rapidly evolving strategic environment.”
Tesch served in the Australian public service for more than 35 years, having held diplomatic roles including as Australia’s ambassador to Russia and Germany, and most recently, as Deputy Secretary of Strategy, Policy, and Industry Group in Defence.
“Peter Tesch and Professor Graeme Samuel bring a wealth of experience and expertise and I can’t think of two more qualified people to lead this review," the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Professor Samuel AC is a former chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, associate member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and president of the National Competition Council. He brings a wealth of public administration and regulatory experience.
As part of the review, Tesch and Professor Samuel AC will undertake public consultation and engage with key stakeholders across government, academia, and industry.