Geothermal Energy Extraction Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to extract geothermal energy. You will not require an extraction licence where the temperature is less than seventy degrees celsius or the heat source is less than one kilometre below the Earth's surface.

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.


This permit is not required for the extraction of geothermal energy that is:

  •  situated in temperatures less than 70 degrees Celsius; or
  •  less than one kilometre below the earth's surface.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be a holder of an exploration permit or retention lease
  • apply using the prescribed application form
  • indicate specific details about the area you are applying for
  • provide a proposed work summary, including details of technical assessment of the area
  • include any likely effects that the extraction may have on public safety
  • include the likely benefits of the proposed work relative to the economy, social and environmental impact
  • provide detail of technical qualifications of employees and of technical advice available
  • provide details of financial resources available
  • provide any other details required by the Authority
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please note that a tenement may be required. Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you lodge, and get approval, of a geothermal energy extraction development plan before carrying out geothermal energy extraction.


Licence remains in force until surrendered or cancelled.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.



Application for a Geothermal Energy Extraction Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please submit your application and any other attachments with the relevant Authority.

Approval time

Within 14 days.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Regulations 2016 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
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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