DIR 188

Limited and controlled release of canola and Indian mustard genetically modified for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 188
Licence status:
Limited and controlled

Nuseed Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Canola (Brassica napus L.) and Indian mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. & Coss.)

Modified trait:

Composition – food (human nutrition), Composition – animal nutrition, Herbicide tolerance

Licence issue date:

This licence authorises Nuseed Pty Ltd to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) canola and Indian mustard modified for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance.

In each year there may be up to ten trial sites of 10 ha and ten trial sites of 5 ha, with a maximum planting area of 150 ha per year. The sites will be chosen from 96 local government areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. The GM canola and Indian mustard may be grown from November 2022 to January 2028.

The aim of the field trial is to assess the performance of the GM canola and Indian mustard under field conditions. The GM plants grown in this field trial would not be used in commercial human food or animal feed.

The Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) concluded that the field trial poses negligible risks to people or the environment. However, as this is a field trial under limited and controlled conditions, licence conditions have been imposed that restrict when and where the trial can take place, limit the size of the trial, and limit the GM canola and Indian mustard from spreading outside the trial. For example, there are conditions to isolate trial sites from sexually compatible crops, to securely transport and store the GMOs, and to inspect the sites at the end of the trial to check that the GM plants are destroyed. Full details of these control measures are in the licence.

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 canola in Australia.

You can find out more about the biology of canola and Indian mustard and how they are farmed in Australia in our biology document for these plants.

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
Post-harvest monitoring -36.4553778 142.3696083,-36.4549611 142.3696083,36.4549583 142.3693472,-36.4553750 142.3693472 Yarriambiack Shire Council 0.11 1 VIC
Current -36.455028 142.370042,-36.455028 142.370294,-36.455236 142.370292,-36.455233 142.370044
Yarriambiack Shire Council 0.053 2 VIC