Protected plant grower licence - Queensland


You require this licence if you intend to harvest restricted plants or plant parts for propagation or cultivation purposes. Specifically, a growing licence allows you to harvest:

  • plant parts for the purpose of growing plants
  • whole plants only where they are to be used as stock plants
  • whole plants where there is a need to introduce the plant into cultivation for commercial purposes
  • whole plants to replenish the genetic variation of a plant already in cultivation.

You must also have the necessary knowledge, facilities and resources to propagate the plants. A protected plant growing licence can only be granted if the proposed harvest activity is sustainable.

Restricted plants include protected plants that are critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened plants, as well as plants listed as special least concern.

You must comply with the 'Code of practice for the harvest and use of protected plants under an authority'. The Code specifies how the harvesting is to be carried out and how protected plant harvest records and protected plant harvest labels are to be kept. Whole plants taken under a protected plant growing licence cannot be sold or given away.

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 the landholder of the land or have written approval of the landholder where plants are to be taken
  • have the necessary knowledge, facilities and resources to propagate the plants and use the progeny of the plants, and there is a need to introduce the plant into cultivation for commercial purposes, or replenish or supplement the genetic variation of the plant already in cultivation
  • ensure the growing is ecologically sustainable and will not adversely affect the survival in the wild of the target species
  • ensure the taking complies with the guidelines
  • be a suitable person who has not been convicted of a wildlife related offence in the past three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $615.00 -
Apply Application All $154.20 Concessional fee

Approval time

Up to 40 days


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

You may be eligible for a fee concession if the licence is sought in relation to:

  • an education purpose
  • a scientific purpose
  • an activity directed at conservation
  • clearing to establish necessary property infrastructure
  • a traditional owner activity.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Conservation and Sustainability Services

Nature Conservation Services

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Permit and Licence Management

Nature Conservation Services

Conservation and Sustainability Services

Department of Environment and Science

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2454
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 130 372
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)