About the GMO tables

The following tables provide a summary of GMOs released into the environment.

GMOs can be released for a limited time under specified conditions (limited and controlled release) or without a time limit on their release (“Commercial release”). Some restrictions on commercial releases may still apply.

All releases are assigned a licence number and referred to as “DIR” which is short for “Dealings involving intentional release” into the environment. “Dealing” with GMO includes many activities such as conduct experiments, make, develop, produce, transport and dispose.

In addition to licences, there is also a “GMO Register”. The Regulator can decide that certain dealings previously authorised by a licence may be included in the GMO Register. Dealings on the GMO register no longer require a licence, they can be conducted by anyone.

Table of applications and authorisations for Dealings involving Intentional Release (DIR) into the environment
Licence No Organisation Title of Project Parent Organism Modified Trait Issue Date Licence Status
DIR 184Avance Clinical Pty LtdClinical trial with a genetically modified human adenovirus COVID-19 vaccineApplication under evaluation
DIR 183The Westmead Institute for Medical ResearchClinical trial with genetically modified E.coli to reduce antibiotic resistanceApplication under evaluation
DIR 182Janssen-Cilag Pty LtdCommercial supply of recombinant COVID-19 vaccineHuman adenovirusVaccine – altered antigen expression; Vaccine – replication incompetent Application under evaluation
DIR 181Novotech (Australia) Pty LimitedClinical trial of a genetically modified Herpes virus for the treatment of cystic fibrosisApplication under evaluation
DIR 179Novotech (Australia) Pty LimitedClinical trial with a genetically modified Vaccinia virus vaccine to treat solid cancerous tumoursApplication under evaluation
DIR 178BASF Australia LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system (MS11 RF3 and MS11 RF3 MON 88302) Application under evaluation
DIR 175BASF Australia Ltd Commercial release of canola (Brassica napus) genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system (MS11) Application under evaluation