Contact us first
We encourage you to contact us before applying. We can advise you about the appropriate application form and discuss information requirements.
This is particularly important if the application is for work with a GM plant where the parent plant is not present in the Australian environment.
Apply for a licence
Apply for a DNIR licence
Apply for a licence for dealings not involving the intentional release of a GMO into the environment.
Apply for a licence to import and process bulk grain
Apply for a licence to import and process bulk grain containing GMOs authorised for cultivation, food or feed use in the country of origin.
You can also apply for a licence to import and process bulk grain using a downloadable form.
Application process for DNIRs
- Your organisation submits an application to an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
- The IBC reviews your application. They add a written review and any supporting information to the application.
- The application is sent to us.
- We acknowledge receipt of the application and assign it an ID number. Use this ID when enquiring about the application.
- We prepare a risk assessment and risk management plan (RARMP) for the application.
- The Regulator makes a decision on the application. The applicant is notified.
- We record the decision on the public GMO record.
The Regulator must decide whether to approve a DNIR licence within 90 working days of receiving the application.
This does not include weekends, ACT public holidays, and time spent waiting for applicants to respond to requests for additional information.