Authority to Cultivate and Process Low-THC Cannabis - Victoria


You will require this authority if you intend to undertake research or commercial activities involving low-THC cannabis relating to non-therapeutic use.

Low-THC cannabis means cannabis, the leaves and flowering heads of which do not contain more than 0.35 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Authorisation is required to:

  • possess, process, sell or supply cannabis seed which has been harvested from low-THC cannabis
  • cultivate and possess cannabis from seed which has been harvested from low-THC cannabis
  • possess, process, sell or supply cannabis which is substantially free of leaves and flowering heads and does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol in excess of 0.35 percent.

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 authority, you must:

  • satisfy the agency that you and your associates are suitable to hold an authorisation
  • not have been found guilty of a serious offence in the past ten years (this also applies to your associates)
  • ensure that the locality, facilities and proposed security arrangements are suitable for the activities you will undertake.

The agency will carry out a full investigation into your application, and may refer a copy of your application to Victoria Police.

When deciding whether to approve your application, the agency will take into account the following:

  • the character of you and your business associates
  • whether your business has a satisfactory ownership, trust or corporate structure
  • your financial background
  • the suitability of all people who will be involved in the administration, management or ownership of your business.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Authorisation is subject to a number of condition relating to matters including:

  • the premises or site at which the activities are carried out
  • the source of seed for sowing
  • maintenance of satisfactory security and surveillance measures
  • record keeping and reporting
  • inspection arrangements.


Three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $477.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $55.70

Certain activities (Sampling, Inspections). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $55.70

Proposed New Sites (For current licence holders). Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $151.10

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2008 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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