The importation of kava for medical and/or scientific purposes is subject to Regulation 5 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and is prohibited unless the importer holds a licence and permit issued by the Office of Drug Control (ODC). A permit is required for each consignment that is imported, whereas licenses are issued annually. Information on obtaining an import licence is available separately from our Importers page.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.