Geothermal Special Access Authorisation - Victoria


You will require this authorisation if you intend to carry out geothermal energy exploration in a specified area. This authorisation does not allow the holder to make a well or give any rights to geothermal energy that is found.

It is not necessary for the holder of this authorisation to also be the holder of an Exploration Permit, Retention Lease or Extraction Licence. If the land that the applicant intended to explore falls under a permit, lease or licence, the Agency will determine whether this will be detrimental to the current permit, lease or licence holder. They must also give written consent for this authorisation.

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 this authorisation, you must:

  • describe and specify the area to which the authorisation will apply
  • describe the geothermal energy exploration that will be carried out
  • submit relevant technical qualifications
  • submit technical advice
  • pay the required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The Agency may extend the authorisation for one further year.

The holder of the authorisation must also submit their findings to the Agency. If the Special Access Authorisation is on the land of a permit, lease or licence holder, then this information must also be given to them.


A period of up to one year specified by the Agency


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2480.00 Application. Fees for 2021-22
Apply Licence All $1878.80 Annual. Fees for 2021-22
Apply Transfer All $1728.50 Transfer. Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Geothermal Special Access Authorisation - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005 Victoria

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
Phone: 13 61 86
Website: Earth Resources (Opens in new window)