Office of Drug Control

Regulator function

Regulates and provides advice on the import, export and manufacture of controlled drugs, as well as the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes to support Australia's obligations under International Drug Conventions. The Office exercises powers conferred through a number of international treaties and domestic legislation and regulations.


  • Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
  • Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1957
  • Narcotic Drugs Act 1967
  • Narcotic Drugs Regulation 2016
  • Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Act 2016 and Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) Regulation 2016

Regulated community

Cultivators and manufacturers of medicinal cannabis products, manufacturers of other narcotic drugs, and importers/exporters of controlled drugs (both commercial entities and doctors importing under the authorised prescriber and special access scheme).


Health and Aged Care

Internal to department / external entity


Ministerial Statement of Expectations date

15 August 2023

Regulator Statement of Intent date

15 August 2023