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 and regulations.
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 is 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 cannot sell home-killed meat, nor can you barter it to someone else. You are 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.
Slaughter for public consumption
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:
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.
Go to the CSIRO website to read Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption.
You must comply with the following standard for slaughtering crocodiles for the domestic market.
Go to the CSIRO website to read Australian Standard for Hygienic Production of Crocodile Meat for Human Consumption.
You must comply with the following standard for the slaughter of game animals for the production of game meat.
Go to the CSIRO website to read Australian Standard for Hygienic Production of Wild Game Meat for Human Consumption.
The slaughter and processing of animals to produce pet meat must comply with national standards.
Go to the CSIRO website to read Australian standard for the hygienic production of pet meat.
Getting a domestic abattoir or meat processing licence
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 the following person:
Senior Meat Industries Officer
Biosecurity & Animal Welfare
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
Phone: 08 8999 2255
Fax: 08 8999 2146
Renew a licence
Before you renew a licence, contact the senior meat industries officer, whose details are above.
To renew your licence, fill in one of the following applications and send it to the senior meat industries officer by mail or email.
Slaughtering meat not for human consumption
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.
Last updated: 13 July 2018