Bioprospecting in the Northern Territory - Northern Territory

Description

Bioprospecting is the study of genetic materials in plants or animal species from which medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical products or other commercially valuable compounds can be produced. These genetic materials may include biochemical compounds, micro- and macro-organisms, genes or other products.

To engage in bioprospecting in the Northern Territory, you will need to apply for a permit to undertake scientific research. Before you apply for this permit, you will need to enter into a benefit sharing agreement with the resource access provider. Establishing a benefit sharing agreement ensures the resource access provider is fairly and equitably compensated for any economic benefit arising from bioprospecting activities. A benefit sharing agreement also provides for the protection of, recognition of and valuing of any indigenous peoples knowledge to be used.

The location of the bioprospecting activity will  determine which department to send your permit application. If you want to bisoprospect on land resources, you must send your application to Parks and Wildlife NT. If you want to bioprospect in  marine areas, you must send your application to NT Fisheries.

Service type

Licence

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

When you take biological resource samples, you must report to the Agency with the following details:

  • the date each sample was taken
  • the location from which the sample was taken (using GPS coordinates)
  • the species of each sample
  • the quantity of the sample taken.

You must also keep records for each sample taken. Records should include:

  • a unique identifier for the sample
  • the date the sample was taken
  • the location from which the sample was taken
  • an indication of the quantity or size of the sample
  • the scientific name of the sample
  • details of any subsequent disposition of the sample.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $60.50 Fee for 2020-21.

Additional information

The following uses of biological resources are not bioprospecting:

  • Aboriginal traditional use
  • fishing for commerce or recreation
  • taking wild animals or plants for food
  • harvesting wildflowers
  • collecting peat or firewood
  • taking essential oils from wild plants
  • collecting plant reproductive material for propagation
  • commercial forestry
  • biological material of human origin
  • biological resources exempted by the minister
  • taking biological resources available to the public on an unrestricted basis
  • taking biological resources that are considered genetically modified under the Gene Technology Act
  • a plant variety for which a plant breeder's right has been granted under the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994
  • aquatic life managed under the Fisheries Act.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

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:

Territory Business Centre - Alice Springs

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: Ground Floor, The Green Well Building
50 Bath Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
Mailing address: PO Box 9800
Alice Springs NT 0871
Toll Free: 1800 193 111
Email: territorybusinesscentre@nt.gov.au
Contact us website: Contacts (Opens in new window)

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:

Territory Business Centre - Darwin

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: Building 3, Darwin Corporate Park
631 Stuart Highway
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Mailing address: GPO BOX 9800
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Toll Free: 1800 193 111
Phone: 08 8982 1700
Fax: 08 8982 1725
Email: territorybusinesscentre@nt.gov.au
Contact us website: https://nt.gov.au/industry/licences/find-a-territory-business-centre (Opens in new window)

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:

Territory Business Centre - Katherine

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: Shop 1, Randazzo Building
18 Katherine Terrace
Katherine NT 0851
Mailing address: PO Box 9800
Katherine NT 0851
Toll Free: 1800 193 111
Email: territorybusinesscentre@nt.gov.au

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:

Territory Business Centre - Tennant Creek

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: Shop 2, Barkly House
Cnr Davidson and Paterson Streets
Tennant Creek NT 0861
Mailing address: PO Box 9800
Tennant Creek NT 0861
Toll Free: 1800 193 111
Email: territorybusinesscentre@nt.gov.au
Contact us website: https://nt.gov.au/industry/licences/find-a-territory-business-centre (Opens in new window)