Poppy Cultivation Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to cultivate poppies for commercial or research purposes. Cultivate means sowing, planting, growing, grafting or transplanting poppies / poppy seeds.

A licence for commercial purposes may only be granted for authorised therapeutic use. A commercial licence authorises you to:

  • cultivating or possessing alkaloid poppies
  • selling or supplying poppy straw to a licensed processor.

A licence for research purposes may be granted for non-therapeutic use, it authorises you to:

  • cultivate or possess alkaloid poppies
  • conduct analysis on alkaloid poppies
  • supply poppy straw to a licensed processor.

An employee of a licence holder is authorised to carry out activities permitted by the licence. The licence holder must give the employee an identification certificate. This certificate must contain following information:

  • the employee's name
  • a clear photograph
  • employee's date of birth
  • expiry date of the Identification Certificate
  • the licence under which the Identification Certificate is given
  • any other prescribed information.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

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:

  • be a suitable person to hold a licence
  • provide evidence of the commercial activity or research activity you will undertake (including evidence that any research activity will be conducted by a person with appropriate scientific training using appropriate methodology)
  • provide a proposed risk management plan
  • pay the prescribed fee
  • provide any other information required by the agency.

The agency will conduct a full investigation of your application and may conduct an inspection of the premises from which you will operate, and may require a recent police record check (National Police Certificate).

Ongoing requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • compliance with the risk management plan
  • employing only persons suitable to carry out activities under the licence
  • maintaining satisfactory security and surveillance measures to restrict unauthorised access to poppy straw
  • keeping records and other documents as required by the agency.


A term not exceeding 3 years.



Fees for 2016-17.


Recovery of administrative costs. Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.



Application for Poppy Cultivation Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Agriculture Victoria

Act(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Poppy Cultivation and Processing) Regulations 2014 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Agriculture Victoria

Operating address:
1 Spring Street

Operating address:
Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street

Mailing address:
PO Box 2500

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 4509

Mailing address:
Basement VISTECH Manager, Tender Box 121 Exhibi...
Victoria 3000


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