Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a potentially important crop for Western Australia. Fibre can be extracted from the stem or oil from the seeds. Items manufactured from hemp include textiles, paper, rope, fuel, oil, animal bedding and building materials.
The industry in Western Australia is regulated under the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 (the Act).
The Act states that:
- 'industrial hemp' means cannabis, the leaves and flowering heads of which do not contain more than 0.35% of tetrahydrocannabinol.
The Act does not cover medicinal cannabis. Enquiries regarding medicinal cannabis should be directed to the Office of Drug Control.
Industrial hemp licence
The Act allows for suitable companies or individuals to apply for a licence to cultivate, harvest and/or process industrial hemp. Applications can be made by filling out Form 603, which can be downloaded from this page.
Sowing industrial hemp crops
Licensees may sow crops of industrial hemp for fibre or seed production using approved seed sources.
The Act defines industrial hemp seed as:
' industrial hemp seed' means seed that is certified in an approved manner as —
(a) having been produced from industrial hemp; or
(b) producing, when cultivated, industrial hemp.'
Once a crop has been sown a notification of sowing must be provided to the Registrar. The completed Notification of Sowing form must be accompanied by an accurate map showing details of the sowing.
Seed cleaning and labelling
DAFWA's Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS) Seed Testing and Certification manages a traceable seed system that enables commercial scale sowing seed to be cleaned at a registered seed processor, sampled officially and tested at DDLS Seed Testing and Certification for germination, purity and weed seed content, and be labelled with uniquely coded official bag labels. This system facilitates trade of seed.
For more information, contact DDLS Seed Testing and Certification.