Electricity Industry Licences - Victoria

Service summary

You will require a licence if you intend operate in the electricity industry in Victoria. There are four types of electricity industry licences:

  • 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 licence.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

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 an electricity industry licence, must prove that you:

  • have the technical capability to maintain the licence
  • 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.

Ongoing 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.


30 June.



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 the Agency.



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'.

Administering agency

Essential Services Commission

Act(s) name

Electricity Industry Act 2000 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Essential Services Commission

Operating address:
Level 37, 2 Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000


03 9032 1300


1300 664 969


03 9032 1303


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