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 153University of QueenslandLimited and controlled release of sorghum genetically modified for grain quality traitsSorghum (Sorghum bicolor)Composition - animal nutrition, Yield, Selectable marker - antibiotic25 Jul 2017Current
DIR 152The University of AdelaideLimited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvementWheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)Abiotic stress tolerance; enhanced yield; selectable marker17 Jul 2017Current
DIR 151CSIROLimited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for disease resistance, drought tolerance, altered oil content and altered grain compositionWheat (Triticum aestivum L.)Disease resistance, drought tolerance, Composition - food (processing), Composition - food (human nutrition)01 May 2017Current
DIR 150Queensland University of TechnologyLimited and controlled release of potato genetically modified for disease resistancePotato (Solanum tuberosum L.)Disease resistance20 Feb 2017Current
DIR 149Nuseed Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of Indian mustard (Juncea canola) genetically modified for altered oil content Indian mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. & Coss.) Composition - food (human nutrition), Composition - animal nutrition, Selectable marker14 Feb 2017Current
DIR 148Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty LtdCommercial supply of Dengvaxia, an attenuated GM dengue vaccine Yellow fever virus (YF17D)Vaccine - altered antigen expression27 Jun 2017Current
DIR 147Monsanto Australia LimitedLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide toleranceCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance and herbicide tolerance23 Jan 2017Current
DIR 146Queensland University of TechnologyLimited and controlled release of banana genetically modified for disease resistance Banana (Musa spp.)Disease resistance, Selectable marker – antibiotic13 Dec 2016Current
DIR 145Monsanto Australia LimitedCommercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex and XtendFlex cotton)Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance and herbicide tolerance20 Dec 2016Current
DIR 144Clinical Network Services (CNS) Pty LtdClinical trial of live attenuated genetically modified influenza vaccines Influenza virusHuman therapeutic - attenuation01 Aug 2016Current
DIR 143Bayer CropScience Pty LtdCommercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (GlyTol® (BCS-GH002-5) and GlyTol TwinLink Plus® (BCS-GH002-5 x BCS-GH004-7 x BCS-GH005-8 x SYN-IR102-7))Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance and herbicide tolerance08 Dec 2016Current
DIR 142Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)Limited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for enhanced nitrogen use efficiency and water use efficiency - Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Yield and Abiotic stress tolerance Selectable marker – herbicide 19 Apr 2016Current
DIR 140Clinical Network Services (CNS) Pty LtdClinical trial of a genetically modified virus for treatment of liver cancer - Clinical Network Services (CNS) Pty LtdVaccinia virusHuman therapeutic- attenuation, enhanced immune response. Reporter gene expression.10 Mar 2016Current
DIR 139Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia Pty LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for herbicide toleranceCanola (Brassica napus L.)Herbicide tolerance29 Mar 2016Current
DIR 138Bayer CropScience Pty LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system Canola (Brassica napus L.) Herbicide tolerance, Hybrid breeding system 22 Mar 2016Current
DIR 137AstraZeneca Pty LtdCommercial supply of attenuated GM influenza vaccinesInfluenza virusVaccine - attenuation14 Jan 2016Current
DIR 136CSIROLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for enhanced fibre qualityCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Product quality – non-food, Selectable marker – antibiotic04 Sep 2015Current
DIR 135The University of QueenslandLimited and controlled release of sugarcane genetically modified for enhanced sugar content – The University of QueenslandSugarcane (Saccharum spp.)Yield, Selectable marker – antibiotic03 Aug 2015Current
DIR 134International Flower Developments Pty LtdCommercial import and distribution of genetically modified carnation cut-flowers with altered flower colourCarnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.)Modified colour , Selectable marker – herbicide 08 Oct 2015Current
DIR 133Bayer CropScience Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide toleranceCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Herbicide tolerance, insect resistance11 May 2015Current
DIR 132Amgen Australia Pty LtdCommercial supply of a tumour-selective genetically modified virus for cancer therapy Herpes simplex virus-1Therapeutic – attenuation, therapeutic – enhanced immune response12 Aug 2015Current
DIR 131Go Resources Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of safflower genetically modified for high oleic acid compositionSafflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.)Composition – non-food (processing), Selectable marker – antibiotic, Reporter gene expression17 Feb 2015Current
DIR 130Murdoch UniversityLimited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for improved grain qualityWheat (Triticum aestivum L. em Thell.)Composition – food (processing), Selectable marker – herbicide 03 Mar 2015Current
DIR 129Sugar Research Australia LtdLimited and controlled release of sugarcane genetically modified for herbicide toleranceSugarcane (Saccharum spp.)Herbicide tolerance24 Oct 2014Current
DIR 128The University of AdelaideLimited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for abiotic stress tolerance or micronutrient uptake Wheat and barley (Triticum aestivum L. and Hordeum vulgare L.)Abiotic stress tolerance, Yield, Composition – food (human nutrition), Selectable marker – antibiotic 04 Aug 2014Current
DIR 127Monsanto Australia LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for herbicide toleranceCanola (Brassica napus L.)Herbicide tolerance21 Nov 2014Current
DIR 126PaxVax Australia Pty LtdClinical trial of a genetically modified vaccine against CholeraCholera bacterium (Vibrio cholerae)Vaccine – attenuation, Selectable marker – other10 Apr 2014Current
DIR 125Zoetis Australia Research & Manufacturing Pty LtdCommercial release of genetically modified vaccine to protect chickens against pathogenic Escherichia coliEscherichia coliVaccine - attenuation18 Dec 2014Current
DIR 124Monsanto Australia LtdCommercial release of GM insect resistant and herbicide tolerant (COT102 x MON-15985 [Bollgard®III] and COT102 x MON-15985 x MON 88913 [Bollgard®III x Roundup Ready Flex®]) cottonCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Herbicide tolerance, Insect resistance, Selectable marker - antibiotic, Reporter gene expression19 Jun 2014Current
DIR 123Nuseed Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of canola genetically modified for altered oil contentCanola (Brassica napus L.)Composition - food (human nutrition), Composition - animal nutrition, Selectable marker13 Nov 2013Current
DIR 122Victorian Government Department of Environment and Primary IndustriesLimited and controlled release of wheat genetically modified for enhanced yield stabilityWheat (Triticum aestivum L.)Abiotic stress tolerance, Yield, Selectable marker – herbicide 31 Oct 2013Current
DIR 121CSIROLimited and controlled release of safflower genetically modified for increased levels of oleic acid (CSIRO)Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.)Composition – non-food (processing), Selectable marker – antibiotic, reporter gene expression22 Jul 2013Current
DIR 120Monsanto Australia LtdLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (Monsanto Australia Ltd)Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance and Herbicide tolerance12 Jul 2013Current
DIR 118Monsanto Australia LtdCommercial release of herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready Flex®MON88913) pima cotton in AustraliaCotton (Gossypium barbadense L.)Herbicide tolerance16 Aug 2013Current
DIR 115CSIROLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for enhanced fibre yieldCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Yield, Selectable marker – antibiotic27 Jul 2012Current
DIR 113Bayer CropScience Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance, Herbicide tolerance, Selectable marker - antibiotic30 Apr 2012Current
DIR 111CSIROLimited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for altered grain composition, nutrient utilisation efficiency, disease resistance or stress tolerance Wheat and barley (Triticum aestivum L. and Hordeum vulgare L.)Composition - food (human nutrition), Yield, Disease resistance, Abiotic stress tolerance, Selectable marker - antibiotic, Selectable marker - herbicide17 Feb 2012Current
DIR 109Queensland University of TechnologyLimited and controlled release of banana genetically modified for enhanced nutritrion Banana (Musa spp.) Composition - food (human nutrition), Selectable marker - antibiotic, Reporter gene expression 03 Aug 2011Current
DIR 108Bayer CropScience Pty LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding systemCanola (Brassica napus L.)Herbicide tolerance/Hybrid breeding system02 Dec 2011Current
DIR 104Bayer CropScience Pty LtdLimited and controlled release of canola and Indian mustard genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and/or a hybrid breeding system Canola (Brassica napus L.) and Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.) CzernHerbicide tolerance, Hybrid breeding system,28 Sep 2010Current
DIR 103Victorian Department of Primary IndustriesLimited and controlled release of canola genetically modified for enhanced yield and delayed leaf senescenceCanola (Brassica napus L.)Yield, Plant development, Selectable marker - antibiotic06 Aug 2010Current
DIR 102The University of AdelaideLimited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified for abiotic stress toleranceWheat and Barley (Triticum aestivum L. and Hordeum vulgare L.)Abiotic stress tolerance, Yield, Composition - food (human nutrition), Selectable marker - antiobiotic29 Jun 2010Current
DIR 098Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty LtdCommercial release of a genetically modified live viral vaccine to protect against Japanese encephalitis (IMOJEV)Yellow fever virus (YF 17D)Vaccine - attenuation, Vaccine - antigen expression19 Aug 2010Current
DIR 091Dow AgroSciences Australia Pty LtdCommercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance (WideStrike Insect Protection Cotton) Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Insect resistance, Selectable marker - herbicide25 Nov 2009Current
DIR 089/2008Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)Limited and controlled release of white clover genetically modified to resist infection by Alfalfa mosaic virusWhite Clover (Trifolium repens L.)Disease resistance, Selectable marker - antibiotic 07 Jan 2009Current
DIR 085/2008CSIROLimited and controlled release of cotton genetically modified for altered fatty acid composition of the cottonseed oilCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Composition - food (processing), Selectable marker - antibiotic28 Oct 2008Current
DIR 066/2006Monsanto Australia LtdCommercial release of GM herbicide tolerant and/or insect resistant cotton lines north of latitude 22° SouthCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Herbicide tolerance, Insect resistance, Selectable marker - antibiotic, Reporter gene expression26 Oct 2006Current
DIR 062/2005Bayer CropScience Pty LtdCommercial release of herbicide tolerant Liberty Link® CottonCotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)Herbicide tolerance08 Aug 2006Current
DIR 047/2003Victorian Department of Primary IndustriesField Evaluation of Genetically Modified White Clover Resistant to Infection by Alfalfa Mosaic VirusWhite Clover (Trifolium repens L.)Disease resistance, Selectable marker - antibiotic30 Jul 2004Current
DIR 021/2002Bayer CropScience Pty LtdCommercial release of canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system for use in the Australian cropping systemCanola (Brassica napus L.)Herbicide tolerance, Hybrid breeding system25 Jul 2003Current
DIR 020/2002Monsanto Australia LtdGeneral release of Roundup Ready® canola (Brassica napus) in AustraliaCanola (Brassica napus L.)herbicide tolerance19 Dec 2003Current