Approval as a Member of the Australian Community - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you are an organisation that is involved in research, education or the defence industry and you intend to transfer articles that are listed in the Defense Trade Cooperation Munitions List.

The transfer of articles must support activities or end uses that are approved under the Australia-United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty.

These approved activities are covered on the:

  • Australian Government End-Use List
  • Cooperative Programs List
  • Combined Operations and Exercises List
  • Nominated US Government End-Use programs.

Prior to commencing your application for approval as a Member of the Australian Community you must submit an application for registration as an Australian Defence Force (ADF) client.

Once registration as an ADF Client is finalised you may submit an application to join the Australian Community.

There are several criteria that the ADF will address on application:

  • export compliance history of the organisation applying
  • is the approval prejudicial to the security, defence or international relations of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • does the application identify all existing or future involvement in Treaty-eligible trade activities
  • extent of foreign ownership, who has effective control and influence over the organisation
  • suitable facility for the storing of Treaty Articles.

If the ADF is satisfied with your application it will be forwarded to the United States Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls for bilateral determination of membership.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be an Australian body corporate
  • provide your company trading name and details of company ownership
  • provide company ICT system protection information
  • demonstrate you have access to a facility that is included, or that is capable of being included, on a list, managed by the Department, of facilities accredited for storing and handling classified information and material
  • demonstrate eligibility against the scope lists covered in the Treaty
  • provide proof of ownership, or approved access, to a facility that is accredited to handle and store Treaty articles.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing unless cancelled.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


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Defence Client Registration Form - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Defence
Defence Export Control Office

Act(s) name

Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013 (Australian Government)

Contact details

US Trade Treaty
Department of Defence
Defence Export Control Office

Operating address:
Russell Offices
Australian Capital Territory 2600




02 62657111

Supporting information


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