Section 14(3) of the Electricity Reform Act provides that a licence is required for:

  • generation of electricity;
  • owning or operating an electricity network;
  • selling electricity;
  • system control over a power system; or
  • other operations for which a licence is required by the Regulations.

Section 87(1) of the Electricity Reform Act also provides that, with ministerial approval, the Commission may grant an exemption from some or all of the requirements in Part 3 of the Act, including the requirement to be licensed. While any application for an exemption will be considered on its merits in light of the relevant legislation, the Commission anticipates that few exemptions will be granted. Any request for an exemption from the requirement to be licensed should be made to the Commission in a form similar to an application for a licence.

A fact sheet has been prepared by the Commission to assist persons carrying on operations in the Territory’s electricity supply industry, or who might wish to carry on such operations, to consider whether they need to hold a licence.

The information contained in the fact sheet is provided for the purposes of guidance only, and not intended to be an exhaustive statement of the law, policies and procedures applicable to the licensing of operations in the electricity supply industry.

Licence Fees

Licence application fees and the annual licence fee for a particular type of licence will be the fee fixed from time to time by the Regulatory Minister. The fee is an amount that the Minister considers to be a reasonable contribution towards administrative costs


As required by the Electricity Reform Act, the Commission maintains a register of licences issued to electricity entities. A register of exemptions granted under section 87(1) of the Electricity Reform Act, is also maintained. Hard copies of these registers are kept at the Commission’s office and are available for public inspection. Copies of major licences and exemptions can be viewed below.

General Exemption for On-suppliers

One of the operations in the electricity supply industry that requires a licence is selling electricity. Selling is defined as meaning trading in electricity (including selling of electricity to customers).

The Territory Government formed the view that a full licensing regime would be overly onerous on small re-sellers of electricity, so decided to grant an exemption from the need to be licensed under certain circumstances.

The term 'on-supplier' is defined in the Electricity Reform (Administration) Regulations and may include businesses such as caravan parks, exhibition centres, hostels, hotels, industrial parks, lodging houses, marinas, market arcades, motels, shopping centres and serviced apartments.

The conditions with which an on-supplier must comply in order to retain the benefit of the exemption are also set out in the Electricity Reform (Administration) Regulations. For more information, see Legislation.