Medical kits for remote areas

General medical kits

To keep prescription medicine in your medical kit, you must apply to be authorised.

How to apply

To apply, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Fill in the application

Fill in the possess scheduled medicines in a medical kit application.

Step 2. Attach supporting documents

You must provide all of the following with your application:

  • 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 on the Department of Health Library Services ePublications.

Step 3. Pay the fee

The fee for an authorisation is $63 per year.

You can renew your licence for 1, 2, or 3 years.

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

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

Step 4. Submit the application

Submit the application, supporting documents and a copy of your payment receipt by mail, email or fax to:

Medicines and Poisons
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 also 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 won't 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's due to expire.

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

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Last updated: 01 July 2022

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