Industrial hemp taskforce

On 29 August 2019, the then Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced that she had formed a taskforce to explore the industrial hemp industry and examine industry challenges and opportunities.

The taskforce engaged directly with industry stakeholders, participants and research organisations to gain a thorough understanding of the industry and how Victoria can maximise its economic potential.

The taskforce was made up of:

  • Minister Thomas, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development
  • Ali Cupper, MP Member for Mildura
  • Fiona Patten, MP Member for Northern Metropolitan Region

Secretariat support:

  • Agriculture Victoria

The taskforce focused strictly on the industrial use of hemp rather than the therapeutic use.

Industrial hemp taskforce terms of reference

The taskforce terms of reference:

  • examine information from key stakeholders on the current state of the industry, issues, barriers and opportunities
  • consider uses of industrial hemp in other jurisdictions and appropriate learnings for Victoria
  • examine how the Victorian Government can support industry development and growth across Victoria
  • examine the regulatory and licencing framework for hemp cultivation and hemp products
  • consider any other relevant matters

The taskforce released its interim findings in 2020 which highlighted a range of opportunities including the potential use of hemp for the building, food, beverage, cosmetic and pet food industries. Challenges to be addressed include a lack of processing capability, regulatory barriers, knowledge gaps in crop varieties and agronomy, as well as data gaps to support business viability.

Download a copy of the report

Industrial Hemp Taskforce interim report(PDF - 244.3 KB)

Industrial Hemp Taskforce interim report (WORD - 413.6 KB)

2023 inquiry

On 31 May 2023, the Legislative Council passed a motion that the Economy and Infrastructure Committee to conduct an inquiry into the industrial hemp industry in Victoria. More detail can be found at the Parliament of Victoria website.

Page last updated: 21 Jul 2023