Offshore Pipeline Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate or construct a pipeline offshore for the conveying of gas or petroleum. A licence is required for any pipeline offshore, whether it conveys gas or petroleum to an onshore receiving point or another offshore area.

A pipeline licensee must not cease operations without the consent of the Minister.

An environmental plan must be in force before any activity can be carried out. Furthermore, operations must stop immediately if a new or increased environmental risk is identified.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • Submit proposed pipeline management plan with application, including particulars such as design, construction, size and capacity etc;
  • Provide evidence of the applicant's technical and financial capacity to construct and operate the proposed facilities;
  • Include information on how the pipeline operations will not interfere with other users of the sea to a greater extent than necessary; and
  • Pay the prescribed fees.

Please note that a tenement may be required.

Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you abide by any conditions or obligations issued by the Agency, such as approval of Diving Project Plans and Safety Management Systems.

You must submit:

  • Six-monthly reports (Cathodic Protection Survey Reports), within 30 days after the end of each half year ending the last day of June and December;
  • Annual reports, within 30 days after each anniversary date;
  • Two-yearly coating survey report, within thirty days after each anniversary date; and
  • Five-yearly metal loss survey report (Intelligent Pigging), within thirty days after each anniversary date.

All tenements issued under the Act can be varied and transferred to another party with the approval of the Minister. With the approval of the Minister, dealings (agreements assigning interests to other parties and creating agreements) are also registered against tenements.


This licence remains in force indefinitely but it expires if there has been no operations for 5 years.



Fees for 2016-17.

Variation$7,500.00Fees for 2016-17.



Application for an Offshore Pipeline Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please submit four copies of the application for this licence to the Authority.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2010 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulations 2011 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Operating address:
Level 15
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address:
Earth Resources Information Centre
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


13 61 86

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