Australia increases amount of kava imported

The amount of kava that can be imported to Australia by a traveler for personal use has increased from 2kg to 4kg.

The announcement was made by Australia's Office of Drug Control under the Department of Health.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott John Morrison, has announced a pilot programme for the commercial import of kava by the end of 2020. Further details on the pilot are expected to be available in the first half of 2020. 

According to a media statement from the Australian Prime Minister, he highlighted that recognising the strong cultural and economic significance that kava has for Pacific communities, including those living in Australia, the Australian Government is stepping up its commitment to the Pacific by launching a kava pilot program. 

“During my visit to Vanuatu in January, I agreed to examine if and how Australia might ease some of the limitations on importation of kava into Australia. I also discussed this issue in Fiji earlier this year,” stated the media release.

“Today, I was pleased to inform Prime Minister Bainimarama that as part of a pilot program, Australia will double the amount of kava that can be imported for personal use from two kilograms to four kilograms by the end of 2019.

“Australia will also commence a pilot program for the commercial importation of kava by the end of 2020.

“Australian officials have also advised Vanuatu and other Pacific partners of this discussion today.”

Mr. Morrison added that this is a win for both Australia and our Pacific family.

“In addition to greater access to kava in Australia, particularly for ceremonial and cultural purposes, the Pacific can soon expect new export opportunities to further maximise the growth potential of their own natural resources.

“The Australian Government is committed to implementing a pilot that is respectful of states and territories’ regulatory role regarding domestic supply and use of kava and will work closely with state and territory governments on a pilot design that maximises the benefits for our Pacific family while securing strong social, cultural and health outcomes across Australia.

“This will include consultation on robust monitoring and evaluation arrangements to be put in place.

“The Australian Government is also committed to seeking input from communities, including Australia’s Pacific Islander communities, and businesses wishing to participate in the pilot. The pilot program will be evaluated at its conclusion at the end of 2022.”






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