DIR 151

Limited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for disease resistance, drought tolerance, altered oil content and altered grain composition

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 151
Licence status:
Limited and controlled


Parent organism:

Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

Modified trait:

Disease resistance, drought tolerance, Composition - food (processing), Composition - food (human nutrition)

Licence issue date:

This licence allows the CSIRO to conduct a limited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for disease resistance, drought tolerance, altered oil content and altered grain composition. The introduced genes are derived from wheat, with the other introduced genes derived from organisms that are routinely used in food and feed or that are widely present in the environment. The field trial is authorised to take place at two sites of up to 1 hectare each in the ACT and the Shire of Boorowa, New South Wales, for a period of five years. The GM wheat would not be used for commercial human food or animal feed.

The purpose of the field trial is to assess the agronomic characteristics of the GM wheat under field conditions. Control measures include conditions to ensure secure transport and storage of the GMOs, and at the end of the trial, require inspection of the site for wheat volunteers to ensure all GM plants are destroyed.

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

Please see our factsheet for more information on GM wheat trials in Australia.

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

Date application received:
RARMP open for public consultation:
RARMP closed for public consultation:


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.

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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Trial site listing

Status Crop status updated Date planted GPS coordinates Local government area Trial site area (ha) Trial site number Trial site state
Signed off S35.18076 E149.06343,S35.18065 E149.06324,S35.18142 E149.06295,S35.18132 E149.06275 ACT 0.09 1 ACT
Signed off -35.18200901, 149.063464,-35.18213097, 149.063198,-35.18200901, 149.063464,-35.18194899, 149.063310 ACT 0.0104 2 ACT
Signed off -35.181529, 149.062589,-35.181604, 149.062541,-35.181613, 149.062753,-35.181690°, 149.062694 ACT 0.017 3 ACT
Signed off -35.180965, 149.063782,-35.180855, 149.063573,-35.181356, 149.063201,-35.181476, 149.063411 ACT 0.143 4 ACT
Signed off -35.181465 149.063147,-35.181551 149.063330,-35.181866 149.062849,-35.180515 149.063015 ACT 0.104 5 ACT
Signed off -35.180378 149.063489,-35.180422 149.063583,-35.180490 149.063394,-35.180541 149.063495 ACT 0.0192 6 ACT