The Poppy Advisory and Control Board is a statutory body established under the Poisons Act 1971
and has a mix of broadly defined advisory and regulatory powers.
The Poppy Advisory and Control Board’s (PACB) role in the regulation of the Tasmanian poppy industry is to:
- oversee security matters for Tasmanian poppy crops, including the destruction of non-authorised crops;
- determine production estimates for the contract growing and harvesting of poppy material and ensure compliance with the estimates;
- process applications for licences to grow poppies;
- advise on matters relating to the cultivation, production and transport of poppies and poppy material;
- collect and collate relevant statistical information and reports; and
- liaise with the Australian Government to fulfil Australia’s obligations under the international drug conventions (including the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs).
The PACB comprises of:
- two independent members with relevant experience in the poppy industry, one of whom is the Chair;
- the Secretary of the Department responsible for the Public Health Act 1997 or a person nominated by the Secretary;
- the Commissioner of Police or a person nominated by the Commissioner;
- the Secretary of the Department responsible for the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Tasmania) Act 1994 or a person nominated by the Secretary; and
- the Secretary of the Department responsible for the Primary Industry Activities Protection Act 1995 or a person nominated by the Secretary.
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