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Poppy Cultivation Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to cultivate alkaloid poppies for therapeutic use or research purposes. Alkaloid poppies contain opiates such as morphine, codeine and thebaine used for pain relief and other medications.

This licence authorises you to:

  • cultivate or possess alkaloid poppies
  • sell or supply poppy straw to a licensed processor at specified premises (commercial licence)
  • supply alkaloid poppies or poppy straw to a licensed processor (research licence)
  • conduct measurements, analyses and extractions, including extractions of alkaloids from poppies, for chemical analyses at specified premises (research licence).

Growers interested in cultivating poppies should first contact the processor licensed in South Australia to register their interest.

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 will need to:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • hold a current National Police Check
  • provide evidence that the activity you intend to undertake is either a legitimate commercial activity relating to the therapeutic use of alkaloid poppies or research activity relating to the non-therapeutic use of alkaloid poppies that is to be conducted by a person with appropriate scientific training and using appropriate methodology.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2147.00

Fees for 2024-25

Renew Renewal All $1773.00

Fees for 2024-25

Vary Variation All $1276.00

Amendment of specified premises described in licence. Fees for 2024-25

Vary Variation All $244.00

Any other amendment to licence. Fees for 2024-25

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Poppy Cultivation Licence - Please contact the agency for information on forms to be submitted.

Transfer process


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Contact details

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