The Poppy Advisory and Control Board is an agency of the Department of Justice Tasmania and is the State Government authority responsible for the processing of applications for licences and advising the Minister for Health on those applications.
The Board is also responsible for co-ordinating security and control of the industry.
The Poppy Advisory and Control Board provides advice to government on matters concerning the opiate alkaloid industry in Tasmania and co-ordinates policies related to security of the industry.
The Board ensures that necessary measures for the protection and supervision of poppy crops are maintained and acknowledged as world's best practice.
Responsibility for control of the poppy industry is mandated by the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (as amended by the 1972 Protocol).