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ABA Sanctions Guidelines

5 September 2022

These ABA Sanctions Guidelines are intended for Australian Banking Association (ABA) member banks. The guidelines are not legally binding. They aim to set out good industry practice for ABA members and their staff in relation to sanctions requirements. These Guidelines are limited to obligations applicable to Australian financial institutions under Australian sanctions laws administered by DFAT. They have nevertheless been developed with reference to the broader Australian legislative and regulatory framework, including but not limited to obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) (AML/CTF Act) and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing.

Examples of sanctions measures which may be relevant to the Australian banking industry include:
• Targeted financial sanctions (including asset freezes) on designated persons and entities
• Restrictions on trade in goods and services (including ‘arms or related materiel’), and or
• Restrictions on engaging in certain commercial activities.

These guidelines were updated December 2021.

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