Domestic abattoirs and meat processing

There are rules you must follow if you want to slaughter animals for human consumption in the Northern Territory (NT).

The rules ensure meat sold for human consumption is wholesome and is prepared, stored and distributed hygienically.

Animal slaughter is controlled by the Meat Industries Act 1996 and Meat Industries Regulations 1997.

You are allowed to slaughter an animal on your property to feed your family and staff as long as it is consumed on the property where it's slaughtered.

This is a common practice in the Northern Territory (NT) on large cattle stations to feed employees, and on small blocks in rural areas.

You can't sell home-killed meat, nor can you barter it to someone else. You're also breaking the law if you move uninspected home-killed meat off the property where it was slaughtered.

Read the Agnote below for more information.

If you want to slaughter animals to sell meat to the public, it has to be done at a registered premise and be inspected by a meat inspector.

For more information, read:

Slaughtering Animals for Human Consumption in the Northern Territory PDF (92.3 KB)
Slaughtering Animals for Human Consumption in the Northern Territory DOCX (239.0 KB)
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The NT has adopted national standards for slaughtering the following animals, processing and transporting the meat.

Farmed and wild animals

You must comply with the following standard for slaughtering and processing cattle, buffalo, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, deer and camels other than wild game for the domestic market.

To read the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption, go to the CSIRO Publishing website.

Crocodiles

You must comply with the following standard for slaughtering crocodiles for the domestic market.

To read the Australian Standard for Hygienic Production of Crocodile Meat for Human Consumption, go to the CSIRO website.

Game

You must comply with the following standard for the slaughter of game animals for the production of game meat.

To read Australian Standard for Hygienic Production of Wild Game Meat for Human Consumption, go to the CSIRO website.

Pet meat

You must comply with the following standard for the slaughter and processing of animals to produce pet meat.

To read the Australian standard for the hygienic production of pet meat, go to the CSIRO website.

An abattoir or meat processing or associated licence lasts for one year, from 1 July to 30 June.

An abattoir or meat processing or associated licence lasts for one year, from 1 July to 30 June.

You can only apply for an abattoir or meat processing licence by contacting:

Matthew Grambeau
Manager Meat Industries Program
Livestock Biosecurity Biosecurity & Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
matthew.grambeau@nt.gov.au

Phone: 08 8999 2255 or 0401 113 090
Fax 08 8999 2146

All licences expire on 30 June each year.

Before you renew a licence, contact the manager Meat Industries Program on 08 8999 2255 or 0401 113 090 to discuss.

Or you can fill in the relevant application below and send it by mail, email or fax.

Application for renewal of licence - for human consumption

Use this application for the following licences:

  • domestic abattoir
  • domestic poultry abattoir
  • cold store
  • domestic processing.

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).

Application for renewal of pet meat slaughter licence - not for human consumption

Use this application for the following licences:

  • pet meat slaughter
  • game meat slaughter
  • bait meat.

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 permissions to operate pet meat

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

Application for renewal pet meat processing licence - not for human consumption

Use this application for the following licences:

  • pet meat processing
  • peat meat processing - transportable.

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).

Application for use of meat delivery vehicle/s

For meat transport vehicle, fill in the:

If you want to slaughter animals to produce meat that will not be used for human consumption, you must talk to the senior meat industries officer by calling 08 8999 2255 or emailing matthew.grambeau@nt.gov.au.


Last updated: 14 October 2021

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