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.

Exemptions may be granted by an Order published in the Victorian Gazette to allow prescribed port services to be carried out without a licence.

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.

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 wish 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 Sole Trader, Company, Partnership, Trust, Incorporated Association, Other, Co-operative

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

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.

Licensing Officer

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