Apply for a meat industry licence

You must have a licence to operate an abattoir or to process, slaughter, transport or store meat in the Northern Territory (NT).

This includes meat for human consumption, pet meat and bait meat.

Licences last for one year, from 1 July to 30 June.

Who can apply

You can apply as an individual or company for operations based in the NT.

You must be able to meet the requirements of the NT Meat Industries Act 1996 and relevant Australian standards.

Read the Act on the NT Legislation website.

You should also read more about the standards for cold stores, and domestic abattoirs and meat processing.

How long it takes

Applications are processed within 30 days. Incomplete applications may take longer to finalise.

How to apply

All steps must be completed in one go. You can't save your application and complete it later.

Make sure you have all of the documents and information listed below before you start.

Apply online

Estimated completion time: 10 to 15 minutes.

What you need and other ways to apply

You must be able to prove you are a 'fit and proper' person to be a licensee in the meat industry.

If you have been convicted of an offence, you will need to provide details about the conviction. You don’t need to provide details of any traffic convictions.

If you are applying as a business, you’ll need to provide conviction details for people who have a significant role in, or influence over, the business. You'll also need your business' Australian business number (ABN).

Read more below to understand the requirements for the different licence types or to get renewal forms if you can't apply online.

Applicants for domestic abattoir licences will need to provide:

  • conviction details (new licences and renewals)
  • copy of the meat inspector’s qualification (new licences and renewals)
  • copy of your approved food safety arrangement or a hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) manual (new licences)
  • copy of the published newspaper notice. The notice must state the proposed licence type, licensee name, site location and the objection process (new licences)
  • proof that you have met any planning or environmental requirements (new licences):
  • civil aviation approvals (new licences) - read more on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.

If you can't apply online, you can renew a licence using the form below.

Application for renewal of licence - meat for human consumption PDF (1.2 MB)
Application for renewal of licence - meat for human consumption DOCX (48.2 KB).

Applicants for processing for human consumption, and cold store licences will need to provide:

If you can't apply online, you can renew a licence using the form below.

Application for renewal of licence - meat for human consumption PDF (1.2 MB)
Application for renewal of licence - meat for human consumption DOCX (48.2 KB).

Applicants for pet meat processing licences will need to provide:

  • conviction details (new licences and renewals)
  • copy of your approved food safety arrangement or a hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) manual (new licences).

If you can't apply online, you can renew a licence using the form below.

Application for renewal pet meat processing - not for human consumption PDF (1.1 MB)
Application for renewal pet meat processing - not for human consumption DOCX (19.4 KB)

Applicants for pet, game and bait meat slaughter licences will need to provide:

  • conviction details (new licences and renewals)
  • copy of your firearms licence (new licences and renewals)
  • written permission that you have the land owner's permission to operate on their property for the purpose of animal slaughter
    • you must use the owner's permission to operate form below (new licences and renewals)
  • copy of your approved food safety arrangement or a hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) manual (new licences).

If you can't apply online, you can renew a licence using the form below.

Application for renewal of licence pet meat slaughter - not for human consumption PDF (1.1 MB)
Application for renewal of licence pet meat slaughter - not for human consumption DOCX (21.8 KB).

Owners permission to operate pet meat

If you are not the owner of the land, fill in the:

Applicants for meat delivery licences will need to provide:

  • conviction details (new licences and renewals)
  • Make, model and registration details of the vehicle being used to deliver meat (new licences and renewals).

If you can't apply online, you can renew a licence using the form below.

Application for renewal of licence - meat transport vehicle PDF (228.8 KB)
Application for renewal of licence - meat transport vehicle DOCX (21.4 KB)
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Fees

If you apply online, you have the option to pay for your application using a credit or debit card before you submit.

Licence typeNew licenceRenewal
Abattoir$184$124
Poultry abattoir$184$124
Processing$184$124
Pet meat processing$124$62
Game meat processing$124$62
Cold store$184$124
Pet meat slaughter$124$62
Game meat slaughter$124$62
Bait meat$124$62
Meat delivery - per vehicle$62$62

Get help

Contact a meat industries officer by emailing meat.industry@nt.gov.au or calling 08 8999 2255.


Last updated: 06 May 2022

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