Industrial hemp is a potentially important crop for Western Australia, but its production is closely controlled under the Industrial Hemp Act 2004. Growers require a licence which is issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Fibre extracted from the stems of the plants can be used to make textiles, paper and rope, and oil from the seeds can be used for fuel and medicines.


  • Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is gaining increased attention in Western Australia due to food standards allowing human consumption of hemp seed in Australia.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 in Western Australia.