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There is no statutory processing time for licence/permit application assessment, but the ODC advises that it aims to assess applications within 20 working days. This is excluding the time requesting for information and responding to queries. For further information, visit the ODC website.

It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the relevant information and requirements before applying. You can learn more about the dos and don’ts as well as accessing the medicinal cannabis licence application guidance from the ODC website.

The Office of Drug Control (ODC) defines cultivation and production of cannabis as follows:

Applying for a permit

The ODC has advised that information requirements for a permit are not as extensive as those for a licence, because having successfully obtained a licence, you have already provided the information needed and been assessed by the ODC.

The cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis in Victoria is regulated by the Australian Government’s national licensing scheme under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967.

The ODC collect application fees for a medicinal cannabis or cannabis research licence/permit. The application fees are non-refundable. Visit the ODC website for the latest ODC fees and charges.


The following are some examples of what you will be asked to provide in a cultivation or production permit application:

You can apply for a manufacturing licence at the same time as a licence to cultivate.

All licences will have conditions that require that any cannabis cultivated or produced is done in accordance with a permit. Once you have a licence, you can apply for a permit, which outlines the amounts and types of cannabis you can cultivate or produce.

At a minimum this is likely to require review of the prospective employee’s criminal history and employment history. It is also likely to require that you to ask questions of prospective employees around drug use and dependencies.

Physical security will consider elements such as intruder resistant design, access controls between areas within the location, access to cannabis by staff or contractors, monitoring and recording of such access, alarms and guarding solutions and other elements of physical security designed to prevent diversion.

If you request further time, we may accommodate that request, or otherwise, at our reasonable discretion.


We grant licences and permits for cultivation and production:

The purpose of using a permit system in tandem with licencing is to ensure the controlled supply of cannabis to manufacturers and researchers. Such controlled supply is critical in ensuring that Australia can continue to meet international obligations around narcotic drugs.

The successful licence applicant (the licence holder) is responsible for all elements of security for activities conducted under licence or under permit. In the event of a security breach, regardless of how it occurred, the licence holder is responsible for satisfying the Department of Health that security principles and practices in place are sufficient to allow the continuation of licence related activities.

Information security including records management

To apply for a licence, please fill out the application form/s , attach the relevant documents and submit to ODC online. You may apply for more than one type of licence at the same time. However, you need to have been granted a licence before you can apply for a permit.