Licence for Dealings Not Involving Intentional Release of a Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are involved in dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that you do not intend to release into the environment. All GMOs of this type must be kept in a certified facility that has been approved by the Agency.

GMOs are organisms, whether plants or other matter, that have had their genomes altered by humans.

Please note that exemptions apply to some GMOs, see the attached form for more information.

Please consult the Contact Officer for full details and conditions that apply to this licence.

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 licence you must provide comprehensive information regarding the nature of the GMO you intend to have dealings with. Due to the complicated nature of the application it is recommended you consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified by the Agency.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Evaluation Branch

Act(s) name

Gene Technology Act 2000 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Health
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Evaluation Branch

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9848
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


1800 181 030


02 6271 4202

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