Bioprospecting Permit - Northern Territory


You will need this permit if you want to engage in bioprospecting in the Northern Territory. Bioprospecting is the taking of samples of biological resources for research in relation to any genetic resources or biochemical compounds, comprising or contained in the biological resources.

You will need this permit if you want to collect genetic materials from any of the following:

  • plants
  • animals
  • micro and macro-organisms
  • genes
  • any other genetic or biological resources.

Before you apply for this permit, you will need to enter into a benefit sharing agreement with the access provider. A benefit sharing agreement provides for the protection of, recognition of and valuing of any indigenous peoples knowledge to be used.

The location of your bioprospecting will inform you of 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


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 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 Trade, Business and Innovation

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:

Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Contact us other: 08 8999 6888