Poppies are a potentially dangerous crop and community safety is an important issue in the regulation of the industry.
Field officers of the Poppy Advisory and Control Board regularly patrol crops and ensure that security requirements (such as fencing and signage) are upheld.
The perimeters of roadside paddocks where you grow your poppy crop must be entirely fenced.
The current fencing requirements (including for farm laneways or tracks the public has access to) are:
- minimum 5 wire fence, top one to be barbed wire; or
- 4 plain wires, top wire to be electrified;
- properly-fitted gates and panels, with panels of 7 wires or ring-lock.
Fence posts must be reasonably spaced. Split posts or star steel posts with wires must be correctly tensioned.
The fencing requirements are being reviewed to reflect contemporary practices. Our webpage will be updated as further information becomes available.
Warning signs will be placed at gates and around the boundaries of a crop, with the warning that entry is prohibited and illegal use of the crop may cause death.
Access to poppy fields is restricted to licence holders and their workers and authorised poppy field officers.
Anyone else who needs to enter a poppy field (for example, to do soil testing or repair equipment or infrastructure) must get permission from the licence holder and should advise the Poppy Advisory and Control Board before entering the site.
Trespassing on poppy fields, taking and possessing poppies and poppy materials is illegal. There are substantial penalties for these activities, including fines and/or imprisonment.
If you see any unusual or suspicious behaviour near poppy crops, please report it to Tasmania Police.