Electricity Industry Licences - Victoria


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.

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 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 eligibility requirements

If you intend 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for an Electricity Industry Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Electricity Industry Act 2000 Victoria

Application process


Every application must be accompanied by a statutory declaration, confirming the accuracy and completeness of all information provided in the application.

Lodgement process


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

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Officer

Essential Services Commission

Operating address: Level 37
2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Phone: 03 9032 1300
Phone: 1300 664 969
Fax: 03 9032 1303
Email: reception@esc.vic.gov.au
Website: Essential Services Commission (Opens in new window)