Geothermal Energy Exploration Permit - Victoria


You will require this permit if you intend to explore for geothermal energy. You will not require an exploration permit where the temperature is less than seventy degrees Celsius or the heat source is less than one kilometre below the Earth's surface.

This permit is offered by tender only.

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 explorations for locating geothermal energy that are:

  • situated in temperatures less than 70 degrees Celsius
  • 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 permit, you must:

  • apply using the prescribed application form
  • indicate specific details about the area that you are applying for
  • provide a proposed work summary, including details of technical assessment of the area
  • include any likely effects that the exploration may have on public safety
  • include the likely benefits of the proposed work relative to the economy, social and environmental impact
  • provide details of technical qualifications of employees and the technical advice available
  • provide details of the 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.


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5418.80

Fees for 2018-19.

Apply Licence All $1806.30

Fees for 2018-19.

Renew Renewal All $2456.50

Fees for 2018-19.

Transfer Transfer All $1661.80

Fees for 2018-19.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Geothermal Energy Exploration Permit - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Regulations 2016 Victoria

Application process


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

Approval time

Within 14 days.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Earth Resources

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

Earth Resources

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 15
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address: Earth Resources Information Centre
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Other: 13 61 86
Website: Earth Resources (Opens in new window)