Adult entertainment in licensed premises

This page has information about adult entertainment for licensed venue operators in the Northern Territory (NT).

Adult entertainment performers can perform at any licensed venue where adult entertainment is allowed.

What is adult entertainment

Adult entertainment is provided by one or more performers who are:

  • partially nude
  • fully nude
  • wearing lingerie or underwear.

What adult entertainment performers can't do

Adult entertainment performers can't do any of the following in licensed venues:

  • engage in sexual intercourse, oral sex or any other intimate physical contact with an audience member
  • engage in sexual intercourse, oral sex or any other intimate physical contact with another performer
  • solicit performances by members of the audience
  • offer liquor to entice a member of the public to perform.

Adult entertainment guidelines


You must display a sign at all entrances to the show area.

The sign must be displayed from the beginning of trading hours until after the last show has finished.

The letters on the sign must be at least 2cm high.

The sign should contain all of the following information:

  • that an 'R' rated show is in progress between certain hours on certain days
  • that people under the age of 18 years will not be permitted
  • that people may be offended by the show.


Any advertising about adult entertainment must include that:

  • the show may offend
  • and people under 18 years of age will not be admitted.

During a performance

You must make sure all of the following happens:

  • curtains or screens must be drawn so that people passing by or in other areas can't see the show
  • people under 18 years are not allowed into the performance area before or during a performance
  • the audience is kept at least 1m from the performance area
  • the audience and the entertainers don't have physical contact
  • no audience participation takes place
  • a responsible manager is present during each performance.


You can seek approval to hold adult performances outside these guidelines.

You must seek approval in writing from the Director-General of Licensing by emailing

Approval is usually given in the form of extra conditions attached to your liquor licence.

Last updated: 20 September 2019


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