Kava Exemptions

Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant native to the Pacific Islands that has been used as a ceremonial and relaxing drink by people of that region for centuries. The traditional kava drink is prepared from water extracts of the raw kava root or rhizome. It is commonly prepared by mixing powdered kava with water.

Kava, also known as Piper methysticum or kava-kava is also contained in some medicinal products such as tablets, capsules and tea bags for the treatment of anxiety.

Kava information sheet

Application for a Declared Public Event (Kava)

The Kava Exemption form can be used to apply for a public event to be declared as exempt for the cultural use of kava (Piper methysticum) under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

Page last updated on: 7 May 2019