You will require a licence if you intend operate in the
electricity industry in Victoria. There are four types of electricity industry
- electricity generation
- electricity transmission
- electricity distribution
- electricity retail.
Exemptions may be granted by an Order published in the
Victorian Gazette to allow prescribed port services to be carried out without a
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for an electricity industry licence, must
prove that you:
- have the technical capability to maintain the
- are financially viable and have access to
sufficient financial resources.
You must also submit the application in the approved format
and attach all relevant information as set out in the attached guidance notes. Please consult the responsible agency for more information
regarding eligibility requirements.
If you wish to distribute power through power lines, it is your responsibility to keep those power lines clear of trees.
As specified on the licence.
There is no application fee for these licences. However, you
will be required to pay a yearly licence fee. This licence fee is determined by
Application for an Electricity Industry Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
Every application must be accompanied by a statutory declaration, confirming the accuracy and completeness of all information provided in the application.
Applicants must submit two copies of the application - one hard copy and one electronic copy. In the event of any discrepancy between the copies, the hard copy will prevail.
The hard copy of the application should be enclosed in a single envelope or other wrapping and should be marked: 'Electricity Licence Application'.
Essential Services Commission
Electricity Industry Act 2000 (Victoria)
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