Poppy Cultivation Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to grow alkaloid poppies. This licence authorises you and your employees to:

  • cultivate and harvest alkaloid poppies
  • prepare and treat poppy material harvested under your licence
  • conduct scientific research, analysis, education or training using poppies or material harvested under your licence
  • supply poppies or material cultivated or harvested under your licence to holders of poppy processing licences
  • store and transport poppies and poppy material for a purpose authorised by your licence.

This licence does not authorise the extraction or production of prohibited drugs from poppies or poppy material.

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:

  • present a risk management plan for the activities you propose to undertake under your licence
  • present a description of the arrangements for the use of all poppies or poppy material procured under your licence, and supply a copy of any contractual agreements relevant to those arrangements
  • ensure that the location, facilities and security arrangements of the premises to be used for the purposes of your licence are suitable for those purposes
  • be 18 or older
  • not have been convicted of a serious offence in the previous ten years
  • be financially solvent
  • be a fit and proper person.

Please contact the agency to identify any further eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years


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Act(s) name

Poppy Industry Act 2016 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Poppy Industry Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

2 months


This licence is non-transferable.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

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