DIR 164

Limited and controlled release of canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 164
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Monsanto Australia Limited

Parent organism:

Canola (Brassica napus L.)

Modified trait:

Herbicide tolerance

Licence issue date:

This licence allows Monsanto Australia Limited to conduct a limited and controlled release of canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance. The dicamba-tolerant canola line proposed for release contains a gene from a soil bacterium that will confer tolerance to dicamba herbicide. The trial may be conducted at up to 15 sites with a maximum combined area of 30 ha in 2020, increasing to 20 sites with a maximum combined area of 100 ha in 2023.

The trial is to assess the performance of the GM canola under field conditions in all canola growing areas of Australia. The GM canola grown in this field trial would not be used in human food or animal feed. There are strict licence conditions to minimise dispersal of the GMOs and GM pollen from the trial sites, to securely transport and store the GM canola, and to inspect the sites at the end of the trial to ensure that the 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 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.

Date application received:
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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
Post-harvest monitoring -35.36141 146.49584,-35.36183 146.49576,-35.36156 146.49361,-35.36115 146.49372 Lockhart Shire Council 0.83 1 NSW
Post-harvest monitoring -36.63862 142.75298,-36.63813 142.75299,-36.63810 142.75519,-36.63860 142.75519 Yarriambiack Shire Council 0.9 3 VIC
Post-harvest monitoring -31.0867735 116.4667246,-31.0863747 116.4664856,-31.0860715 116.4685646,-31.0856077 116.4682749
Shire of Victoria Plains 0.76 4 WA
Post-harvest monitoring -32.39837 117.24228,-32.39926 117.24228,-32.39837 117.24485,-32.39926 117.24482
Shire of Beverley 2.3 5 WA
Post-harvest monitoring -34.28782 116.79652,-34.28794 116.79748,-34.28874 116.79740,-34.28867 116.79647
Shire of Cranbrook 0.278 6 WA
Post-harvest monitoring -35.3598 146.4955,-353596 146.4941,-35.3592 146.4942,-35.3594 146.4956 Lockhart Shire Council 0.69 7 NSW
Post-harvest monitoring -33.921404 147.840210,-33.919903 147.840462,-33.921470 147.840753,-33.919934 147.840998 Weddin Shire Council 0.8 8 NSW
Post-harvest monitoring -36.63800 142.73997,-36.63689 142.73997,-36.63689 142.74052,-36.63800 142.74052 Yarriambiack Shire Council 0.6 9 VIC
Post-harvest monitoring -31.0814431 116.4683919,-31.0817891 116.4677207,-31.0830953 116.4692335,-31.0832917 116.4685639 Shire of Victoria Plains 0.72 10 WA
Post-harvest monitoring -32.156663 116.678217,-32.157074 116.678426,-32.156116 116.679880,-32.156530 116.680089 Shire of Beverley 0.65 11 WA
Post-harvest monitoring -34.4958 117.4675,-34.4958 117.4680,-34.4966 117.4675,-34.4966 117.4680 Shire of Plantagenet 0.336 12 WA