Approval as a Member of the Australian Community - Australian Government


If you want to export under the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning Defence Trade Cooperation (Australia-US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty), 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 Defence Trade Cooperation Munitions List, you may be eligible to become an Australian Community Member.

Defence Export Controls will assess the application against the following criteria:

  • 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 apply for registration with Defence Export Controls to obtain a DECS Client Registration Number (DCRN). Only Australian body corporates may register and apply to be a Member of the Australian Community.

Once you have obtained a DCRN for your organisation, you may apply to join the Australian Community.

Defence Export Controls will assess the application against the following criteria:

  • the organisation's export compliance history
  • whether the approval of the organisation would prejudice the security, defence or international relations of Australia
  • whether the application identifies existing or future involvement in Treaty-eligible trade activities
  • the extent of Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence over an organisation (to be examined by the Defence Security Authority)
  • whether the organisation has a facility capable of storing Treaty Articles (to be determined by the Defence Security Authority).

If Defence Export Controls is satisfied with your application, it will be forwarded to the United States Government for bilateral determination of membership.

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 that you have access to a facility that is included, or that is capable of being included, on a list 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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

All Australian Community Members must ensure compliance with the obligations listed under the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 and their membership approval notice.


Ongoing, unless cancelled


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Please consult Defence Export Controls for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Defence

Defence Export Controls

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