Legislation and privacy policy

Veterinarians registered to practice in the Northern Territory (NT) must comply with the Veterinarians Act and Veterinarians Regulations which includes a code of conduct.

Proposed changes to the Veterinarians Act/Code of Conduct

It is proposed that the Veterinarians Act be reviewed to address current and future local and national issues. The Veterinarian Act and Veterinarian Regulation were last amended in 2012.

The Veterinary Board of the NT seeks comments from stakeholders to facilitate the development of drafting instructions for a legislative bill.  This review will focus on key areas identified in the table of contents.

The suggested questions throughout the Discussion Paper are intended as a guideline to highlight existing issues. The Veterinarians Act and Veterinarian Regulation are referenced throughout the discussion paper, however it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the full version Veterinarians Act and Veterinarians Regulation.

The current Veterinarian Act and Veterinarian Regulation is the default position unless otherwise identified. There are many areas that are not identified for discussion or revision.

Following approval of the drafting proposal, the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources will then follow the established NT legislative process which may include a regulation impact statement and public consultation.

How to make a submission

  1. Read the Discussion Paper: Proposed changes to the Veterinarians Act/Code of Conduct. (393.6 kb)
  2. Submit comments to the Veterinary Board of the NT:

    by email: susan.gillis@nt.gov.au (preferred method)

    by post: The Registrar
    Veterinary Board of the NT
    PO Box 3000
    Darwin NT 0800

    Submissions must be received by close of business 10 May 2018.

    Late or incomplete submission will not be accepted.

Code of conduct

The code of conduct prescribed in the Veterinarians Regulations provides at clause 1(1)(b) that it is a basic principle of professional conduct for registered veterinarians “...to be familiar with and abide by all relevant legislation affecting their professional activity and behaviour.”

Clause 28 directs that veterinarians “...must comply with other relevant legislation, as amended from time to time, including the following:

  • Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Act
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act
  • Animal Welfare Act”.

You can view these acts and their regulations as well as other legislation that impacts the provision of veterinary services:

View current NT Legislation.

Privacy policy

The Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory under the Veterinarians Act and the principles of mutual recognition legislation, collects information from registration forms, or otherwise provided by veterinarians, to process  applications for registration.

Failure to provide the information in full or in part may result in applications for registration being refused. Some of the personal information provided by applicants will be made public through the internet, as part of a public register. Any personal information provided can be subsequently accessed by individual veterinarians on request.

View details on access to and use of registration information:

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Last updated: 09 March 2018