7 October 2020
Australian Government Department of Health - Budget 2020-21

The Australian Government will implement a second phase of the pilot program to increase the amount of kava allowed to be imported in Australia.

This measure will allow the commercial importation of kava by December 2021.

Why is this important?

This will help deepen economic, trade and bilateral ties with the Pacific region.

Australia is a major economic partner and enables opportunity for our Pacific neighbours. Kava restrictions have long been a point of discussion for Pacific island countries.

Last year, the Prime Minister announced a pilot program to ease limitations on the importation of kava, in recognition of the cultural and economic importance of kava for Pacific Island countries.

The first phase of the pilot, which has been implemented, increased the amount of kava allowed to be imported for personal use from 2 kilograms to 4 kilograms per passenger.

This phase will allow for the commercial importation of kava by December 2021, and will monitor and evaluate the personal and commercial kava importation initiatives.

Who will benefit?

Pacific Islander communities within Australia will benefit from the extension of the pilot, as will Australian businesses wishing to import kava.

How much will this cost?

This will cost $1.9 million from 2020-21 to 2023-24.