Register as a wholesaler of liquor

Changes to the NT Liquor Act

On 1 October 2019, liquor laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT).

Find out about changes to the NT liquor laws.

If you want to sell wholesale liquor in the Northern Territory (NT), you must be registered.

You are only allowed to sell wholesale liquor to another retailer that is registered as a wholesaler.

For example, selling bulk wine from your winery to a hotel for them to sell their patrons.

You must also provide quarterly returns showing the amount of alcohol sold to licensed premises.

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You can apply to register for:

  • one year
  • three years
  • five years.

Your registration will expire on the anniversary of the date it was issued.

To register as a liquor wholesaler follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the register as a liquor wholesaler form.

Register as a liquor wholesaler form  PDF (585.2 KB)
Register as a liquor wholesaler form DOCX (692.4 KB)

Step 2. Submit your application with all supporting information and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

If you don't include all supporting information, your application will be returned.

You need to renew your registration before it expires.

How to renew

To apply to renew a liquor wholesaler registration, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the renew a liquor wholesaler registration form.

Renew a liquor wholesaler registration form DOCX (47.8 KB)
Renew a liquor wholesaler registration form PDF (40.4 KB)

Step 2. Submit your form and pay the fee at your nearest Territory Business Centre.

You must submit quarterly returns to the Northern Territory Government.

These reports must show how much alcohol you have supplied to licensed premises, including:

  • cask wine
  • bottled wine
  • fortified wine
  • cider
  • standard spirits
  • pre-mixed spirits
  • beer - all strengths.

You must submit a quarterly return even if you make no liquor sales for the quarter.

Returns are due 28 days after the last day of the preceding quarter. Quarters end on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December in any year.

How to submit

To submit your quarterly liquor return, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in a quarterly liquor returns template XLSX (662.0 KB).

Step 2. Check the list of NT licenced premises for the wholesaler details and add to the form.

Step 3. Email the form to licntwholesalerreturns.agd@nt.gov.au.

Don't change the template.

Last updated: 18 February 2020

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