Medicines and poisons: retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers

Remote retailers: apply to sell pharmacy medicine

If you are the retailer of a remote shop, you may be able to get a licence to sell pharmacy medicines for minor and temporary ailments.

Your shop must be at least 25km away from a pharmacy by road.

You must also refer customers to health professionals for advice on using the medication safely.

What you can sell

Pharmacy medicines are called Schedule 2 medicines.

Examples of Schedule 2 medicines include:

  • paracetamol liquid for children
  • non-drowsy antihistamines
  • certain cough and cold remedies.

You do not need a licence to sell Schedule 5 or 6 substances at your shop.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for a licence to sell pharmacy medicine at your shop.

Step 1. Fill in the form

Fill in the application for a retailer licence.

Step 2. Submit supporting documents

You must give all of the following in your application:

  • a plan and description of your shop and the security measures
  • information about how your records will be kept
  • the name and address of the nearest pharmacy, and distance by road from your shop.

Step 3. Pay the fee

The fee to get a retail licence is $120.

This includes the annual fee of $60 and an initial application fee of $60.

You can register for one, two or three years.

You can pay by cheque, money order or credit card.

Payments must be made to the Casuarina Receiver of Territory Monies.

Step 4. Submit the form

Submit the application form and a copy of your payment receipt using the following contact details:

Medicines and Poisons Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Fax: 08 8922 7200


You should renew your licence before the expiry date. The renewal fee is $57.

Displaying your licence

Your licence must be displayed in your premises.

Working with health clinics

You should talk to your local health clinic or other prescribers about the range of medicines you will stock.

You should refer customers buying medicines to these services for advice.

You should be wary of customers making frequent or big purchases.


You must make sure the medicines you stock are:

  • not tampered with
  • in good condition with the labels visible
  • within their expiry date when sold
  • stored behind the counter and not for self-service sale
  • stored at the right temperature.

Read more about storing medicines and poisons.


You will need to keep records of all transactions for drugs and poisons you are licensed to sell for two years.

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Last updated: 05 February 2020

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