Domestic Abattoir Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a domestic or export abattoir where the meat is for human consumption or pet meat, in Australia.

If you are producing meat for human consumption you must comply with the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption. If you are producing meat for pet meat, you must comply with the PISC Standard for the Hygienic Production of Pet Meat.

For more information on domestic abattoir licences, please see the relevant Standard, available for purchase from the agency.

Service type


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


1 year; Renewable 30 June each year.


Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $181.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021.

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Renewal All $121.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application Form for Domestic Abattoir Licence - Please contact the department to obtain relevant forms.
Common All Renewal of Licence for Human Consumption - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Meat Industries Act 1996 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Meat Industries Regulations 1997 Northern Territory

Additional information

If the abattoir is not approved by a quality assurance program, you must not sell or dispatch a carcass or meat for human consumption unless it has been inspected by an inspector.

The following labelling conditions apply to animal carcasses:

  • all animals must be marked with the official establishment mark
  • an official establishment mark placed on meat intended for human consumption must be made from edible food dye and approved by the Chief Inspector
  • a head of cattle, buffalo, horse or camel carcass must be marked on the outside of both side of the ribs, buttocks, loin and shoulders
  • pigs must be marked on both hams, jowls, shoulders and loins
  • calves, sheep, goat or deer must be marked on both hind legs and shoulders

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Meat Industries

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:

Primary Produce Processing Officer

Meat Industries

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: 29 Makagon Road
John England Building, Berrimah Farm Science Preci
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992255
Fax: 0889992146
Website: (Opens in new window)