The NSW government has developed the Medicinal Cannabis Compassionate Use Scheme to extend compassion to adults who have a terminal illness.

The scheme provides guidelines for members of the NSW Police Force to help them determine when to not charge adults who are registered with the scheme and in possession of cannabis and/or cannabis products.

An eligible adult can nominate up to 3 carers to be registered under the scheme.


  • You must be a NSW resident aged 18 years or over with a terminal illness.
  • Your medical practitioner must be registered in Australia, involved in your ongoing care, and able to certify that you have a terminal illness as defined by the scheme. 
  • Each of your carers must not be nominated by more than 2 other registered users and be willing to help you.

What you need

  • your personal and contact details
  • details of your carer/s
  • a statement from your medical practitioner.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  3. Complete 'Part A' of the registration form.
  4. Have your medical practitioner complete 'Part B' of the form.
  5. Scan and send your completed form to or post it to:

Appointments and Applications
Department of Communities and Justice
GPO Box 6
NSW 2001

More information

  • Once your registration is processed, you'll receive a record for yourself and each of your nominated carers.
  • Registered adults and carers must provide their documentation to NSW police officers if requested.
  • Activities not covered by the scheme include:
    • supplying cannabis (including cannabis products) to persons who are not registered in the scheme
    • cultivating cannabis
    • using cannabis in public
    • possessing cannabis over the prescribed amount
    • drug driving.
Last updated: 28 December 2023

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