AUKUS Partners Propose License-Free Defence Industry Collaboration

Australia, Defence

Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have proposed changes to their national exemptions to create a license-free environment for defence industry collaboration among AUKUS partners. This move aims to strengthen collaboration and facilitate the development of advanced scientific, technological, and industrial capabilities.

For the first time, this initiative would enable defence industries across all three countries to work seamlessly without export controls. Stakeholders from the industry, higher education, and research sectors, as well as those from the UK and the US, are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft arrangements during the public consultation period.

The public consultation on the Defence Trade Legislation Amendment Regulations 2024 (DTL Amendment Regulations) is now open and will run until 31 May 2024. This includes amendments to the Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013 and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.

Simultaneously, the UK has released their open general export licence amendments, and the US has proposed amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Submissions on the DTL Amendment Regulations can be made, and further information on the changes can be accessed on the Australian Department of Defence website.