Domestic Processing Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a domestic or export processing premises, like a boning room or small goods manufacturing, that is not part of a retail butcher's shop. If you are granted an export processing licence, you can operate a domestic processing premises but not vice versa.

Meat from the following species can be processed: cattle, buffalo, camels, donkeys, mules, hinnies, pigs, horses, goats, deer, sheep, crocodiles, domestic fowl, etc.

You will need to comply with the Commonwealth Export Control Act 1982, if you intend on processing meat for the export market.  Export establishment with Department of Agriculture and Food is a prerequisite for exporters. Persons intending to export should contact the agency.

Further information is available in AS 4696 the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption. This, and other Australian Standards are 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $181.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021.

Renew Renewal All $121.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Domestic Processing Licence - Please use the contact details below for information on forms to be submitted.
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

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)