Poppy Processing Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to process alkaloid poppies or poppy material. This licence authorises you and your employees to:

  • receive alkaloid poppies or poppy material, and prepare and treat this material
  • conduct scientific research, analysis, education or training using poppies or material received under your licence
  • supply poppies or material received under your licence to other 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 use of all poppies or poppy material procured under your licence, and submit 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 at least eighteen years of age, or a member of a company of which the directors are all at least eighteen years of age
  • 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 one year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1300.00 Fees for 2022-23
Apply Inspection All $150.00 Inspection fee per hour. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Inspection All $150.00 Audit fee per hour. Fees for 2022-23
Comply Licence All $10300.00 Licence fee per year. Fees for 2022-23
Renew Renewal All $1300.00 Fees for 2022-23


Other resources

Act(s) name

Poppy Industry Act 2016 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Poppy Industry Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

Up to two months.


This licence can not be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.