All entities wishing to export narcotic and psychotropic drugs from Australia need a valid licence and permit to export controlled substances.
The following international drug control conventions govern the control of substances at an international level:
Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961
Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971
Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988
The Office of Drug Control (ODC) issues licences and permits for the export of controlled substances under the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 to support Australia’s obligations under the international drug control conventions.
To find out if the substance you are wishing to export is a controlled substance, please see our controlled substances list.
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.