Retailer Licence - Northern Territory


You will be required to apply for a retailer licence, if you intend to sell pharmacy medicines for minor or temporary ailments. You must be at least 25km from a pharmacy, by road. You must also refer customers to health professionals for advice on using the medication safely.

If you are granted the licence, you may sell schedule 2 medicines, which can include:

  • paracetamol liquid for children
  • non-drowsy antihistamines
  • certain cough and cold remedies.

You should talk to your local health clinic or other prescribers about the range of medicines you will stock. You should refer customers buying medicines to these services for advice.You should be wary of customers making frequent or big purchases.

If you have any further questions, please contact the department.

Service type


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


You can register for one, two or three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $120.00

Application fee: $60
Licence fee: $60 per year

Apply Renewal All $57.00 The renewal fee is $57.

Act(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012 Northern Territory

Additional information

You must make sure the medicines you have in stock are:

  • not tampered with
  • in good condition with the labels visible
  • within the expiry date when sold
  • stored behind the counter and not for self-service sale
  • stored at the right temperature.
You will need to keep records of all transactions for drugs and poisons you are licensed to sell for two years.If you require any further information, please contact the department.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Medicines & Poisons Control

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:


Medicines & Poisons Control

Department of Health

Operating address: 2nd Floor
Casuarina Plaza
Casuarina NT 0810
Mailing address: Attention: Medicine & Poisons Control
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: 0889227341
Fax: 0889227200
Website: Medicines and Poisons Control (Opens in new window)