Research Compliance

The Compliance team provides support and advice to ANU researchers in matters relating to Defence Export Control, Foreign Interference, Foreign Arrangements and Research Integrity.


Defence Export Controls

The Research Compliance team is registered with the Department of Defence to apply for all Defence Export Control permits on behalf of the University. Defence Export Controls (DEC) regulates the export and supply of military and dual-use goods and technologies.

Information on government requirements can be found at the Defence Export Controls site (external). For further information on how to apply for DEC permits, please contact the Research Compliance team at


Foreign Interference and Arrangements

The Research Compliance team assists the ANU Foreign Interference Advisory Committee in the management of foreign interference risks to the University. The team’s role is to provide secretariat work to the committee in undertaking its daily operational work which includes assessing, monitoring, advising and providing assurance to the University community on the management of foreign interference risks.  The Committee makes determinations on foreign collaborations and, where appropriate, makes recommendations to the Vice Chancellor.  The Committee reports regularly to the University Research Committee on its operations and activities.

The assessment review process by the Committee is aimed at balancing the promotion of an open research culture, academic freedom and risks of foreign interference towards HDR students, staff and research at ANU.

The process is based on the Guidelines to Counter Foreign Interference in the Australian University Sector, to which ANU has committed to implement.

Any collaborations with one or more foreign entities should be submitted to the Foreign Interference Advisory Committee (FIAC) whether formal (e.g. legally binding research contracts, receiving awards or fund, staff/student exchange, honorary appointments etc.) or informal (such as an undertaking to supervise a student, or apply for a grant as partners).  Submission is made through e form: Foreign Engagement Assessment Form.

For further information on ANU foreign interference matters, please contact the Research Compliance team at






Our teams & contacts


Contact details
Defence Trade Controls enquiries 
Foreign Interference & Arrangements contact 
Research Integrity 


Contact details
Dr Dimity Phillips 
Communications & Research Project Officer
Phone +61 2 6125 7987
Evita Primiari 
Compliance and Information Officer
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