Geothermal Special Drilling Authorisation - Victoria


You will require this authorisation if you intend to carry out geothermal energy exploration in a drilling authorisation area or do anything in the drilling authorisation area. This authorisation can only be given to a holder of an Exploration Permit, Retention Lease or an Extraction Licence.

The drilling authorisation area is the area specified in the Special Drilling Authorisation. This authorisation does not give the holder any rights to resources in the drilling authorisation area.

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 the area
  • describe the geothermal energy operation that will be carried out
  • submit technical qualifications
  • submit technical advice
  • pay the prescribed fees.


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


Act(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Geothermal Energy Resources Regulations 2016 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)