Genetic modification

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conducts research, development and extension activities in collaboration with industry partners to improve the productivity and profitability of Western Australian agriculture sector.

The department is part of the nationally consistent regulatory system that underpins and enhances Australia's and Western Australia's use of safe regulatory approved genetically modified organisms.

The value of Australia’s production and export of produce is dependent on maintaining the competitiveness of WA agriculture producers. Growers need access to the most productive new crop varieties to maintain their international competitiveness and genetic modification is a type of plant breeding that can deliver new improved varieties.

The department manages the New Genes for New Environments’ research facility in Merredin. This facility was designed to enable the evaluation of the world’s best candidate genetically modified traits from both public and private research organisations under Western Australian conditions in a highly contained and safe testing environment. The ‘New Genes for New Environments’ initiative together with the Managed Environment Facility will improve the long-term profitability of the WA agriculture industries by facilitating the adoption of new climate-adapted crops.


  • Growers planning to deliver to the non-genetically modified canola segregation (CAN), must separate glyphosate-tolerant and non-glyphosate tolerant canola crops by at least five metres.

  • The use of genetically modified (GM) crops in Australia is regulated under a national scheme.

  • The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development's Institutional Biosafety Committee monitors all dealings with genetically modified organisms that involve department staff and its resea

  • There is a lot of information on genetically modified (GM) crops. The information below will enable you to distinguish science-based research on GM crops from non-science-based information.

  • Information on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods and the labelling of GM food in Australia.

  • Details of current genetically modified (GM) crop trials and post harvest monitoring (PHM) sites in Australia can be found on the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) web page.

  • This page contains a summary of genetic modification and the Australian genetically modified organism-related legislation, and introduces the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Developme

  • New Genes for New Environments research facilities at Merredin and Katanning provide relevant field conditions for genetically modified crop evaluation trials in Western Australia under contrasting

  • Gene Technology and genetic modification of crops is a rapidly evolving science. Here we provide some of the more recent developments of importance to Western Australian agriculture.