Distribution Authority - Queensland

Description

A Distribution Authority is required in order to supply electricity (wires/not retail) using a supply network in Queensland.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements


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 Distribution Authority, as well as information about the supply network.

Duration

For the term specified in the Distribution Authority, depending on nominal life of supply network.

Fees

View the list of Electricity licence fees

Act(s) name

Electricity Act 1994 QLD

Regulation(s) name

Electricity Regulation 2006 QLD

Application process

How Do I Obtain It?

An application must be submitted in writing (there is no prescribed form) clearly stating the proposed activity/distribution area to The Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply at the address given in this summary sheet.  Information on application fees can be obtained in S196: Application for authority 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.

What is required after applying but before approval is granted?

Statutory process set out in the Electricity Act 1994 must be followed including:

  • the Regulator must advertise in a Queensland newspaper that application has been made and seek submissions;
  • the Regulator must be satisfied that you, as the applicant will operate the supply network and are a suitable person/company to hold a Distribution Authority;
  • the Regulator must also consider relevant government policies about environmental and energy issues, and the likely environmental effects of building and operating the supply network.

Transfer

A Distribution Authority can be transferred.

Transfer of a Distribution Authority requires approval by the Regulator.

A Distribution Authority can be transferred by submitting an application in writing (there is no prescribed form) giving details of the proposed transfer and the proposed transferee to the Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply) at the address given in this summary sheet.  Information on transfer fees can be obtained in S201A: 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.

What is required after applying but before transfer is granted?

The Regulator must be satisfied that the proposed transferee is suitable to hold the Distribution Authority.

Additional information

A Distribution 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 3 months - much longer in some circumstances. Contact the department for timeframes if required.

Annual fees vary.

Administering agency

Department of Energy and Water Supply

Energy

Energy Sector Regulation

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Energy Networks and Regulation

Energy Sector Regulation

Energy

Department of Energy and Water Supply

Operating address: Energy Networks and Regulation
Level 3, 41 George Street
BRISBANE Queensland 4000
Mailing address: PO Box 15456
City East
Queensland 4002
Phone: 13 43 87