Licensing of Premises to Perform Electroconvulsive Therapy - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to administer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

ECT is a procedure performed under general anaesthesia and muscle relaxation, in which modified seizures, induced by the selective passage of an electrical current through the brain are used for therapeutic purposes. ECT is most commonly used to treat severe depression but is also used as a treatment option for other serious mental illnesses such as mania, schizophrenia, catatonia and other neuropsychiatric conditions.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you will need to provide evidence that:

  • you are a suitable person to hold the licence
  • the premises are suitable
  • the equipment to be used in performing the ECT complies with the prescribed standards and conditions
  • the professionals who will perform the ECT on the premises are qualified.


Up to three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Please contact the department for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch

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:


Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch

Department of Health

Northern Territory
Mailing address: PO BOX 40596
Casuarina, Northern Territory 0811
Phone: 08 8999 2691
Website: Mental Health Information for Health Professionals (Opens in new window)