Legal deposit

The Northern Territory Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 provides for the long-term preservation of, and access to, the documentary heritage of the Northern Territory (NT). Read the law.

The legislation complements the Information Act 2002 which provides access to government documents published in the NT. 

Items deposited under the Legal Deposit will be subject to the Northern Territory Library Collection Development Policy, for eventual lodgment in the Northern Territory Collection.

Items collected under legal deposit provides access to research on all aspects of Territory life and culture through a more comprehensive record of the NT's social and cultural history. 

All other Australian jurisdictions have similar statutory requirements that need publications to be deposited with the appropriate state library. 

The Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004, will make sure best practice standards are met by the NT.

Publications covered by Legal Deposit

If you publish a document in the Territory or a document that has signification information about the Territory, you will need to provide a copy to the Northern Territory Library. 

In the case of internet publications, you need to provide a web address. 

The item needs to be provided within two months of publication unless other arrangements have been made.

Only published documents or those available to the public on request need to be deposited with the Northern Territory Library.

The legislation covers publications in any form published in the Northern Territory including:

  • books, newspapers, magazines, periodicals, reports, newsletters, calendars, directories, handbooks, guides, sheet music, maps and pamphlets
  • information recorded or stored by means of a recording device, computer or electronic device, or any other device e.g. audio-cassettes, video cassettes, films, multimedia kits, computer magnetic tape, computer optical disks, floppy discs, compact discs, CDROMs, DVDs, websites and PDF files.

Publications not covered

The legislation specifically exempts culturally sensitive information and certain dynamically generated spatial information. 

A publisher can choose to deposit any culturally sensitive information for preservation and safekeeping. 

The Northern Territory Library will make sure any restrictions to access to specific publications are observed.

Submitting copies of publications

Copies of legal deposit publications, marked LEGAL DEPOSIT can be submitted by post or in person.


PO Box 42
Darwin NT 0801 

In person

Northern Territory Library
Parliament House
Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800

Internet publication information

You can post the information to the address above or email:


For more information contact the Legal Deposit Officer: (08) 8999 7177

Last updated: 28 November 2017