DIR 020/2002

General release of Roundup Ready® canola (Brassica napus) in Australia

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 020/2002
Licence status:

Monsanto Australia Ltd

Parent organism:

Canola (Brassica napus L.)

Modified trait:

herbicide tolerance

Licence issue date:

This licence allows Monsanto Australia Ltd to commence the general release of Roundup Ready® canola (Brassica napus) in Australia. Two genes were introduced into an Australian canola variety to produce Roundup Ready® canola. One gene produces a version of an enzyme which is essential to the metabolism of the plant that (unlike the plant’s own enzyme) can still function in the presence of glyphosate. The other gene expresses a protein that breaks down the glyphosate herbicide into harmless compounds. Neither of the proteins can interfere with the metabolism of humans or other animals.The GM canola is allowed to be grown in all canola growing areas in Australia, subject to restrictions in some Australian States and Territories for marketing reasons. Commercial canola production occurs mainly in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with sporadic plantings in Queensland and Tasmania.

The Regulator has not imposed any specific measures to manage risk, as the risk assessment concluded that this release of GM canola poses negligible risk to the health and safety of people or the environment. General conditions have been imposed to ensure that there is ongoing oversight of the release.

The risk analysis for this application was carried out in accordance with the Regulator’s Risk Analysis Framework.

Please see our factsheets for more information on GM canola in Australia and managing GM canola on roadsides.

You can find out more about canola and how it is farmed in Australia in our biology document.


Licence decision - notification

Outlines the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence following the assessment of this application.

Licence decision - Q&A

FAQs on the licence application and the Regulator’s decision to issue a licence for this application.

Licence application - summary

A summary of the application including brief description of the GMO(s) and proposed work with GMO(s). Also explains the assessment and public consultation process.

Risk assessment and risk management plan - summary

A summary of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan prepared as part of the assessment of this application. It provides a brief description of the licence application, the risk assessment and risk management plan.

Risk assessment and risk management plan - full version

The final risk assessment and management plan prepared to support the Regulator's decision. It describes the GMO(s) and proposed work with the GMO(s) and provides an assessment of potential risks posed by the GMO(s). It also includes a summary of submissions received during the public consultation process.

Licence conditions

Sets out the licence conditions imposed by the Regulator, including the licence holder’s general and specific obligations and reporting requirements.

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