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The Office of Drug Control (ODC), which is part of the Health Products Regulation Group of the Department of Health, regulates and provides advice on the import, export and manufacture of controlled drugs, as well as the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes to support Australia's obligations under International Drug Conventions.

The ODC is responsible for:

  • Providing in-depth travel advice regarding travelling with controlled drugs
  • The regulation of medicinal cannabis cultivation
  • Reporting on activities to the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB)
  • Applying amendments to international drug controls in Australia
  • Ensuring Australians have access to essential medications

The ODC exercises powers conferred through a number of international treaties and domestic legislation and regulations.

International Conventions

The Single Convention aims to combat drug abuse by coordinated international action.


The Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 provides the Commonwealth with powers to meet obligations under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.

Contact us

Contact information for the Office of Drug Control.

Related links

Links to important websites and relevant information.


This section provides more detail about the way the Office of Drug Control collects and uses personal information in the course of performing its functions.


Information about Copyright in relation to the Office of Drug Control website.


The information on this website is presented by the Office of Drug Control for the purpose of disseminating health information free of charge for the benefit of the public.


Information about making requests to the Office of Drug Control under Freedom Of Information.

Information publication scheme

The Information Publication Scheme is one of the recommendations of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) designed to give the Australian community access to information held by the Australian Government.