Medical kits for remote areas

General medical kits

You must be authorised to keep prescription medicine in your medical kit.

How to apply

To apply for an authorisation to keep specific prescription medicines in your medical kit, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the form.

Fill in the application to possess poisons in a medical kit form.

Step 2. Submit supporting documents.

You must provide all of the following with your application form:

  • a list of all medicines, their strengths and the maximum amount you will keep - called an imprest list
  • protocols of use for each medicine on the list
  • a letter from a medical practitioner endorsing medicines to be held in the kit
  • your relevant first-aid or health certificates
  • details of how you will store the medicine
  • a written exit strategy showing what you will do with substances if:
    • the authorised person goes on leave or resigns
    • the business closes
    • there is a flood, cyclone or other emergency.

To find out more about exit strategies get the exit strategy information sheet from the Department of Health ePublications.

Step 3. Pay the fee

The fee for an authorisation is $60 per year.

You can renew your licence for one, two, or three years.

You can pay by cheque, money order or credit card.

Payments must be made to the Casuarina Receiver of Territory Monies.

Step 4. Submit the form

Submit the application form and a copy of your payment receipt using the following contact details:

Medicines and Poisons Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Fax: 08 8922 7200

Get your kit

You can get supplies for your kit from a pharmacy or registered wholesaler.

To get prescription medicines, you must provide your supplier with a written and signed order. You must show your authorisation and a copy of your imprest list to the supplier.


The expiry date of your authorisation is on the document - make note of this date.

You will not be able to get new medicines if your authorisation has expired.

A renewal form will be sent to the authorised person about two months before it is due to expire.

It is your responsibility to renew your authorisation if you still need to keep and use the medicines.

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Last updated: 18 September 2019

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