2 November 2020

The Office of Drug Control (ODC) within the Department of Health collects fees and charges for the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme (the Scheme) under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (the Narcotic Drugs Act).

  • Fees are charged when a good, service or regulation is provided directly to a specific entity or organisation. The Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016 outlines the fees that are applicable to the Scheme.
  • Charges are also known as levies and are charged when a good, service or regulation is provided to a group of individuals or organisations. The Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Regulation 2016 outlines the charges that can be imposed under the Scheme.

The information on this page does not relate to licences and permits granted under the Narcotic Drugs Act for the manufacture of other narcotics

The table below lists and describes all fees and charges for the Scheme as at 1 November 2020.

Name of Fee/Charge Explanation of Fee/Charge Price as at 1 November 2020
Single Licence Application For the receipting, assessment, decision making and notification of a single medicinal cannabis or cannabis research licence application. $7,960
Double Licence Application For the receipting, assessment, decision making and notification of both a medicinal cannabis licence and a cannabis research licence application, submitted at the same time for the same site. $8,580
Triple Licence Application For the receipting, assessment, decision making and notification of a medicinal cannabis licence, a cannabis research licence and a cannabis-related manufacture licence, submitted at the same time for the same site. $9,250
Permit Application For the receipting, assessment, decision making and notification of a single medicinal cannabis permit or a cannabis research permit. $3,410
Licence Variation - Simple A single application to vary a licence that is specified as simple in nature in accordance with the 'Specification of Variation Applications' document on the ODC website. $1,090
Licence Variation - Complex A single application to vary a licence that is specified as complex in nature in accordance with the 'Specification of Variation Applications' document on the ODC website. $5,460
Permit Variation - Simple A single application to vary a permit that is specified as simple in nature in accordance with the 'Specification of Variation Applications' document on the ODC website. $120
Permit Variation - Complex A single application to vary a permit that is specified as complex in nature in accordance with the 'Specification of Variation Applications' document on the ODC website. $2,870
Planned Inspection An inspection that is associated with an application of the following kind: a licence; a permit; or a variation to a licence or permit. $3,650
Annual Licence Charge

An annual licence charge is imposed on all licence holders when a licence is granted and each year thereafter on the anniversary date of the licence. The annual licence charge is designed to recover the following costs to the ODC in regulating the Scheme.

  • Response to mandatory notification by the licence holder in accordance with section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016.
  • Public concern (tip off) inspections, which is a compliance monitoring inspection in response to a tip off or complaint from the public.
  • Continuous improvement activities within the ODC.
$11,570
Annual Site Charge

An annual site charge is imposed on a licence holder after the first permit is granted which indicates the commencement of authorised activities at the licenced site. The annual site charge is designed to recover the following costs to the ODC in regulating the Scheme.

  • Mandatory compliance monitoring inspection for the licenced site undertaken by two or more Authorised Inspectors.
  • Analysis of a cannabis sample(s).
  • Review of reports submitted by a licence holder on activities carried out in accordance with a permit.
  • Response to mandatory notification by the licence holder in accordance with section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016 specifically matters that relate to security incidents or actual or potential loss or theft of cannabis.
  • Education and corrective action when the ODC identifies actions or behaviours that raises concerns and seeks for corrective actions on the part of the licence holder.
$19,160
Follow-up of non-compliance charges
Follow-up Audit Following the identification of potential non-compliance, the ODC may undertake a desktop assessment of information. For example, the ODC might request that a licence holder process all records related to the harvest of a specific crop to audit, in the office. Any findings of concern may be referred for an investigation. $3,092*
Follow-up Inspection Following the identification of potential non-compliance the ODC may undertake a further compliance monitoring inspection of a licenced site. $6,537*
Follow-up Cannabis Sample The costs associated with the analysis of a cannabis sample taken at a follow up inspection. $1,201**
Investigations For the preparatory work within the office when undertaking an investigation. $8,799*
Investigation Inspections Two Authorised Inspectors undertaking an inspection using investigation powers as outlined in Part 3, Division 1 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 (the Regulatory Powers Act) as the result of identified non-compliance. $7,810*
Investigation – Cannabis Sample The costs associated with the analysis of a cannabis sample taken at an investigation inspection. $1,201**
Enforcement Action - Minor

This charge relates to the preparation of:

  • an infringement notice given to licence holder in accordance with Part 5, Division 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act; or
  • a Secretary's Own variation of a licence or permit that may result from a matter of non-compliance; or
  • issuing a direction to a licence holder under Part 3 of the ND Act.
$4,396*
Enforcement Action - Moderate

This charge relates to the preparation of:

  • an enforceable undertaking in accordance with Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act; or,
  • suspension of a licence or permit as provided for in section 11A of the ND Act
$5,099*
Enforcement Action - Major

This charge relates to the preparation of:

  • an injunction in accordance with Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act; or,
  • the revocation of a licence or permit as provided for in section 10P of the ND Act.
$6,942*

*Indicative only. The actual charge is $107 per person per hour plus reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.

**$1201 per sample

Note on permit applications: As multiple permit applications cannot be assessed simultaneously in the way that licence applications can, there is no efficiency gained from the simultaneous submission of such applications. This is why there is only a single cannabis permit application fee.

Important information

  • An invoice will only be issued for an application once information and documentation that must accompany an application appears to have been submitted by an applicant.
  • Invoicing for the application fee does not indicate that an application will result in the grant of a licence, or that more information will not be required.
  • Payment of the relevant application fee is required upon receiving an invoice from the Australian Government Department of Health.
  • The ODC considers that an application has been made once the relevant invoice has been paid.
  • The fee is non-negotiable and cannot be altered through any form of request or discussion.
  • The application fee is non-refundable. Once a charge (or levy) is invoiced, the Licence Holder incurs a debt to the Commonwealth and the relevant invoice/s must be paid.

Unpaid invoices

Upon issue of an invoice for an application fee, the applicant has 28 days in which to pay the invoice in full. If payment has not been made within 28 days, the ODC will assume the applicant is no longer interested in progressing the application and it will be considered 'not accepted' and no further action will be taken by the ODC.

Payment options

Payment options will be provided on the invoice issued to the applicant.

Further information

Information and assistance regarding payment can be obtained by contacting the Medicinal Cannabis Section Applications Team (Ph. 02 6289 4628) or by email MCS.Application@health.gov.au. Please have your invoice number and application tracking number ready if you are seeking advice on a submitted application.