Poppy Cultivation Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to cultivate poppies for commercial or research purposes. Cultivate means sowing, planting, growing, grafting or transplanting poppies / poppy seeds.

A licence for commercial purposes may only be granted for authorised therapeutic use. A commercial licence authorises you to:

  • cultivate or possess alkaloid poppies
  • sell or supply poppy straw to a licensed processor.

A licence for research purposes may be granted for non-therapeutic use, it authorises you to:

  • cultivate or possess alkaloid poppies
  • conduct analysis on alkaloid poppies
  • supply poppy straw to a licensed processor.

An employee of a licence holder is authorised to carry out activities permitted by the licence. The licence holder must give the employee an identification certificate. This certificate must contain following information:

  • the employee's name
  • a clear photograph
  • employee's date of birth
  • expiry date of the Identification Certificate
  • the licence under which the Identification Certificate is given
  • any other prescribed information.

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 a suitable person to hold a licence
  • provide evidence of the commercial activity or research activity you will undertake (including evidence that any research activity will be conducted by a person with appropriate scientific training using appropriate methodology)
  • provide a proposed risk management plan
  • pay the prescribed fee
  • provide any other information required by the agency.

The agency will conduct a full investigation of your application and may conduct an inspection of the premises from which you will operate, and may require a recent police record check (National Police Certificate).

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • compliance with the risk management plan
  • employing only persons suitable to carry out activities under the licence
  • maintaining satisfactory security and surveillance measures to restrict unauthorised access to poppy straw
  • keeping records and other documents as required by the agency.


A term not exceeding three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $872.00

Fees for 2020-21.

Apply Miscellaneous All $868.45

Recovery of administrative costs. Fees for 2020-21.

Apply Renewal All $581.30

Fees for 2020-21.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Poppy Cultivation Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Poppy Cultivation and Processing) Regulations 2014 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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

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General Enquiries

Agriculture Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Operating address: 1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Website: Agriculture Victoria (Opens in new window)