Important changes effective from 1 January 2015

Gambling and licensing reforms to cut red tape and simplify processes for licensees will come into effect on 1 January 2015. Importantly, the Northern Territory Licensing Commission will be abolished. All previous Commission documentation and correspondence should be referred to the Director-General of Licensing (Director-General).

All powers and functions that where vested in the NT Licensing Commission, the Director of Licensing or the Deputy Director positions under the individual licensing Acts will be transitioned to a new role, the Director-General. This position will be an individual appointed by the Minister. Any correspondence should be referred to this role from 1 January.

Website transition

As part of the website transition phase please access up-to-date forms, guidelines and information sheets from our new section on the reforms and note that this section is currently under review. New information and resources will be published to the reforms page as soon as it becomes available. If you require support during this transition phase contact (08) 8999 1800.

Our vision

Our vision is to protect and enhance the lifestyle of the community in a safe and regulated environment.

View our Enforcement policy.

Our work

Licensing NT were transitioned to the Department of Business on 4 September 2012.

The division is responsible for:

Territory Business Centres, located in Darwin and major regional centres, are available to help you download and lodge licence applications and renewals online or in person.

In April 2013 the Minister for Business responded to a request from the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs under the Stronger Futures Legislation. View the response:


 Minister's response

  • Minister for Business' statement of reasons
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For further information contact Licensing NT.