Apply for a licence to use animals in teaching or research

You must get a licence if you want to use premises for teaching and research of animals in the Northern Territory. 

How to apply

To apply you must fill in the application form.

Application for licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (59.6 kb)
Application for licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (103.2 kb)

You will need to provide all of the following information:

  • names of applicant and chief investigator
  • name of teaching or research organisation, or individual, to be licensed
  • where the premises to be licensed are
  • a description of the teaching or research to be undertaken
  • details of an applicant's experience in caring for and handling animals
  • a description of the premises, equipment and other facilities to be used
  • a description of arrangements for veterinary care of the animals to be kept
  • details of the ethics committee to be used.

Where to send your application

Send your completed form fee by mail or email to:

Animal Welfare Authority
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0800
animalwelfare@nt.gov.au

It can take up to six weeks for an application to be assessed.

How to pay the fee

You must pay the fee of $100 when you submit the application, and an application won't be considered without the fee. It is not refunded if the application is refused.

You can use either of the following methods to pay the fee.

Direct to the Receiver of Territory Monies (RTM) – phone the RTM on (08) 8999 1628 and quote cost code 924BEN06D / standard class 131111.
Ask the RTM to email a copy of the scanned receipt through to animalwelfare@nt.gov.au so they know you have paid.

By cheque – send a cheque made out to the Receiver of Territory Monies to:

Receiver of Territory Monies
C/- Animal Welfare Authority
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0800

How an application is assessed

The Animal Welfare Authority will contact your ethics committee to discuss your proposal, and may ask you for more information in the process.

The decision to approve the licence or not will take into account all of the following factors:

  • the nature and purpose of the teaching or research 
  • whether you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence, including whether you have been found guilty of an offence under animal welfare legislation in Australia or elsewhere
  • whether you are competent and have experience in the care and handling of animals
  • whether the premises, equipment and other facilities to be used are adequate
  • whether you have adequate arrangements for the provision of veterinary treatment.

If your application is refused, the authority will provide reasons in writing.

Conditions on a licence

You must have an ethics committee overseeing your teaching or research project.

The authority may also put animal welfare conditions on your licence.

Reporting

At the end of every financial year you must report on your use of animals. The authority will send you an electronic form for this.

Issuing and term of a licence

If your application is granted, the licence will be mailed to you.

It takes effect on the date it is issued and lasts for three years unless it is suspended, cancelled or surrendered.

Appealing a refusal

If your application is refused you can appeal to the Local Court.

Varying a licence

You can apply to vary a licence.

You must fill in the application form and send it to the Animal Welfare unit with a $50 application fee.

Application for a variation of a licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (63.4 kb)
Application for a variation of a licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (55.9 kb)

Renewing a licence

To renew an existing licence, you must fill in the same form as for a new application, mark it as a renewal, and follow the same process as for a new licence.

Application for licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (59.6 kb)
Application for licence to use premises for teaching or research involving animals (103.2 kb)

When a licence is cancelled or suspended

The Animal Welfare Authority may cancel or suspend your licence in any of the following circumstances:

  • you are found guilty of an offence
  • it is believed that you obtained the licence improperly
  • it is believed you have failed to comply with the licence conditions
  • you are believed to not be a fit and proper person to continue to hold the licence. 

You will be notified in writing if your licence is cancelled or suspended.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017