Licensing

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The Commission is responsible for administering the licensing regime that applies to electricity entities, as established in the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). It is responsible for issuing, varying or transferring licences to participants in the electricity supply industry where those participants engage in:

  • the generation of electricity
  • the operation of a transmission or distribution network
  • system control over a power system or
  • the retailing of electricity - limited to retailers not connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Summary of licensing requirements

Category Off-Grid Electricity Operations
(not connected to the NEM)
National Electricity Operations
(connected to the NEM)
Generation of electricity A generation licence is required from the Commission for generators with a rated nameplate output of more than 5MW (see temporary exemption for under 5MW generators), who supply electricity for reward by means of a transmission or distribution network. 
A generation licence is required from the Commission for generators with a rated nameplate output of more than 100 kVa, who supply electricity for reward by means of a transmission or distribution network. 
Transmission or distribution of electricity A transmission or distribution licence may be required from the Commission for entities who operate whole or part of a system for the transmission or distribution of electricity. A transmission or distribution licence may be required from the Commission for entities who operate whole or part of a system for the transmission or distribution of electricity.
Retailing of electricity A retail licence may be required from the Commission for entities who sell electricity to customers (but are not connected to the NEM).

Where retailers operate in the NEM, a retail authorisation or exemption is required from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Refer: www.aer.gov.au

If you currently provide or intend to provide any of these services, you should contact us to discuss possible licensing requirements under Part 3 of the Electricity Act. Refer to the licence applications page for further information.

For information on the fees applicable to your licence refer to licence fees.

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