Poppy Processing Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to process poppy straw for commercial or research purposes. Processing means preparing or treating poppy straw.

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

  • receive poppy straw from a licensed grower or processor
  • process and possess poppy straw at specified premises
  • transport, sell or supply poppy straw to a person who possesses a Commonwealth licence to manufacture or export.

A licence may be granted for non-therapeutic research purposes. It authorises you to:

  • receive poppy straw from a licensed grower or processor
  • possessing, transport, sell or 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 activities or research activities you intend to carry out (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
  • provide a copy of a commonwealth licence to manufacture or export (in the case of a commercial licence)
  • 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 a limit on the maximum quantity of alkaloid poppies that you may possess
  • 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 12 months


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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

Approval time

Within 60 days

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

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