Researcher Licence for Hemp Plants and Seeds - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to research the growing or supplying of industrial Class A or Class B hemp plants and seeds for use in plant breeding programs for developing new commercial strains of industrial hemp.

There are two categories of licences:

  • Category 1: authorises you to possess industrial, Class A and Class B hemp plants and seeds
  • Category 2: authorises you to possess industrial and Class B hemp plants and seeds.

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 of good repute
  • ensure your close associates are of good repute
  • not be bankrupt or personally insolvent
  • have acquired the necessary educational or other qualifications and experience to engage in plant breeding or other research
  • have not been convicted or found guilty of an offence involving drugs in the past 5 years.

If you are applying as a corporation, you must ensure that all executive officers of the firm meet the above requirements.


Up to 3 years


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Act(s) name

Hemp Fibre Industry Facilitation Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement process


Your application is to be lodged directly with the Agency, and must include information establishing that you are eligible to obtain the licence, and that you are of good repute.

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Contact details

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