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Authorisation as a Centralised Test Centre - Australian Government


You will require this authorisation if you intend to operate an establishment that conducts growing trials for new candidate plant varieties.

When a plant breeder applies for plant breeder's rights (PBR), the new candidate variety must be tested through a growing trial. The trial is used to confirm that the variety is clearly distinguishable from varieties that already exist -- a necessary quality for the plant to qualify for a PBR.

A centralised testing centres (CTC) is able to;

  • Perform contract testing for third parties
  • Perform their own growing trials if they possess their own candidate variety.

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 authorisation you must:

  • have appropriate facilities that allow the conduct and completion of moderate to large-scale scientific experiments without undue environmental influences
  • have experienced and adequately trained staff and access to appropriately accredited qualified persons
  • have substantial industry support
  • have the capacity for the long-term storage of genetic material
  • must be prepared to test varieties submitted by third parties.


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Act(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Regulations 1994 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science and Resources

IP Australia

Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

Contact details

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