Under the Electricity Supply Industry Act 1995, the regulator is responsible for administering the licensing system in relation to the operation of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Tasmania, or retailing of electricity on the Bass Strait Islands.
The Regulator has approved an Electricity Licence Application Form (Version 5) to be completed by the person making an application to the Regulator for the issue of a licence to authorise the operation of generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity in Tasmania, or retail of electricity on the Bass Strait Islands (BSI).
In accordance with Regulation 9 of the Electricity Supply Industry Regulations 2008, Licence Applicants are required to pay an application fee of 330 fee units.
The value of a fee unit is adjusted each year in accordance with the Fee Units Act 1997. The value of a fee unit is available from Treasury's website.
Retailing in Tasmania from 1 July 2012
On 1 July 2012, the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF) was implemented in Tasmania. From that date, a person who wishes to retail electricity in any participating jurisdiction, which includes Tasmania (except for retailing on the BSI), will need to apply to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for a national retailer authorisation (or exemption).
To apply for a retail authorisation, please refer to the Australian Energy Regulator's website.
Please note that the NECF is not applicable to customers on the BSI and thus the retail of electricity on the BSI and the licensing of such activity continue to be under the jurisdiction of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.