Authorisation to Use or Possess S4, S7 or S8 Poisons - Northern Territory


You will need this authorisation if you intend to use or possess a schedule 4, 7 or 8 poison in the course of your business.

  • schedule 4 substances are categorised as prescription only medicines
  • schedule 7 substances are categorised as dangerous poisons
  • schedule 8 substances are categorised as controlled drugs.

The use of scheduled medicines or controlled drugs may be needed by:

  • rangers
  • researchers
  • animal control officers
  • laboratories.

The use of dangerous poisons may be needed by:

  • power and water workers
  • welders
  • mine workers
  • laboratories.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • your organisation has procedures and guidelines for use of the medicines and poisons that: promote safe handling, use and disposal; have been endorsed by a veterinarian, if substances are for use on animals; address storage and record keeping requirements
  • a relationship between your organisation and a veterinarian able to advise you and check your skills, if substances are for use on animals
  • the substances will be stored safely
  • you understand the need for accurate records of purchase and use
  • the arrangements your organisation has to return or dispose of medicines and poisons
  • evidence of personal safety equipment and antidotes, if appropriate.


Up to three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $60.00

One year. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $124.00

Two years. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $186.00

Three years. Fees for 2021-22

Administering agency

Department of Health

Medicines and Poisons Control

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Medicines and Poisons Control

Department of Health

Northern Territory
Operating address: Manunda Place
Floor 5
38 Cavenagh Street
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address: PO BOX 40596
Casuarina, Northern Territory 0811
Phone: 08 8922 7341
Fax: 08 8922 7200
Website: Medicines and Poisons Control (Opens in new window)