A Transmission Authority is required in order to operate a Transmission Grid (high voltage electricity lines) and to connect a transmission grid to another transmission grid.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
Director General, Department of Energy and Water Supply (refer to section 62 of the Electricity Act 1994).
- Transmission grid
a system, or part of a system, of electric lines, substations and associated equipment providing connection between generation facilities and supply networks or customers not supplied through supply networks. A transmission grid includes connections to other transmission grids.
What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?
Various information must be submitted to the Regulator, to satisfy the Regulator that you, as the applicant, are a suitable person/company to hold a Transmission Authority, as well as details of the transmission grid proposed to be operated.
A Transmission Authority can be transferred.
Transfer of a Transmission Authority requires approval by the Regulator.
An application to transfer a Transmission Authority must be in writing (there is no prescribed form) giving details of the proposed transfer, including the proposed transferee to The Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply) at the address given in this summary sheet, clearly stating the details of the proposed grid to be transferred. It must be accompanied by the fee prescribed under S193A: Application for transfer of the Electricity Act 1994 and Schedule 7: Fees payable to regulator of the Electricity Regulation 2006.
You can obtain guidelines on the department's website.
The Regulator must be satisfied that the proposed transferee is suitable to hold the Transmission Authority.
The term is specified in the Transmission Authority. The expiry date usually reflects the economic life of the transmission grid.
Application fee for authority 2016 - 2017
Application fee 2016 - 2017
An application must be submitted in writing (there is no prescribed form) to The Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply) at the address given in this summary sheet, clearly stating proposed activity/grid (description). It must be accompanied by the fee prescribed under S188: Application for transmission authority of the Electricity Act 1994 and Schedule 7: Fees payable to regulator of the Electricity Regulation 2006.
You can obtain guidelines on the departments website..
Statutory process set out in the Electricity Act 1994 must be followed, including:
the Regulator must advertise in a Queensland newspaper that the application has been made and seek submissions;
the Regulator must be satisfied that you, as the applicant, are a suitable person/company to operate the transmission grid and to hold the Transmission Authority; and
the Regulator must also consider relevant Government policies about environmental and energy issues and the likely environmental effects of building and operating the transmission grid.
A Transmission Authority will be subject to conditions, the breach of which may result in cancellation of the Authority or other disciplinary action.
The process will take a minimum of three months - much longer in some circumstances. Contact the department for timeframes if required.
Annual fees vary.
Department of Energy and Water Supply
Energy Sector Regulation
Electricity Act 1994 (Queensland)
Electricity Regulation 2006 (Queensland)
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