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:
- micro and macro-organisms
- 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.