Seed certification is a process that tests the genetic identity and purity of plants.
The process ensures that a plant’s genetic identity and purity are passed on to new seeds.
Genetic identity of certified seeds
Certification ensures that a seeds genetic identity can be traced back to the original seed developed by the grower.
Physical quality of certified seeds
Certification ensures that seeds are grown and processed to meet physical quality standards such as purity, germination and weed content.
Seed certification process
Seeds are certified according to government standards as part of a seed certification scheme.
The standards cover each step of the seed certification process.
View the Seed Certification Manual () for the Australian standards.
Who can grow certified seed
Anyone can grow certified seeds so long as you meet the requirements for genetic identity and physical quality.
Certified seed growers must be able to:
- provide paddocks free of prohibited weeds
- invest in more expensive sowing seed
- maintain paddock records
- put in place practices for weed control and cleaning machinery.
Seed certification is voluntary. Growers can opt in and out at any time.
Contact Seed Services Australia before starting a seed certification program.
Certified seed grower applications
Phone: 1300 1300 928 170