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Home > Electricity > Structure of licence fees for the electricity, gas, and water and sewerage sectors
Structure of licence fees for the electricity, gas, and water and sewerage sectors

For the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017

The Regulator sets licence fees in the electricity supply industry and its component of licence fees in the gas and water and sewerage sectors using the methodology contained in the Regulator's PDF IconStructure of Licence Fees – March 2014 document. For further information on the development of the structure of licence fees click here.

Below are tables containing annual licence fees for the three industries


Gas Licence Fees

Type of Licence
Contribution to Regulator's Costs
  • Gas pipeline licence
$10 000
  • Gas distribution licence
$30 000
  • Gas retail licence
$10 000
  • Gas pipeline (facility) licence
$5 000

The Regulator is able to recover the costs of the Director of Gas Safety through licence fees and then remit those amounts to the Director of Gas Safety. Please note that the above listed licence fees only relate to the Regulator’s costs of administration of the Gas Pipelines Act 2000 and Gas Act 2000 (Gas Acts). The licence fee amounts will be increased as necessary to recover the costs of the Director of Gas Safety in administering the Gas Acts.


Electricity Licence Fees

Electricity Generation:

Annual licence fees for generators comprise a fixed component, based on installed capacity, and a variable component based on MWh output. See table below for fixed component.

Type of Licence
Fixed Component of Licence Fee
  • Installed generation capacity greater than or equal to 30 MW
$10 000
  • Installed generation capacity greater than or equal to 5 MW and less than 30 MW
$ 5 000
  • Installed generation capacity less than 5 MW
No fee

Remaining Licensees:
  • TasNetworks (distribution), the Regulator has determined that the licensee will continue to meet the Regulator's expenditure on the distribution sector (subject to adjustment).
  • TasNetworks (transmission), the Regulator has determined that the licensee will pay a licence fee of $50 000 (subject to adjustment).
  • Basslink Pty Ltd, the Regulator has determined that the licensee will pay a licence fee of $25 000 (subject to adjustment).
  • Hydro Tasmania for its generation, distribution and retail operations on the Bass Strait Islands, the Regulator has determined that the licensee will pay a licence fee of $10 000 (subject to adjustment).


Water and Sewerage Licence Fees

Licence fees are determined by the Minister responsible for the Water and Sewerage Industry Act 2008 (the Act) and are an amount that the Minister considers to be a reasonable contribution towards the cost of administering the Act. That amount includes the costs to be incurred by the Regulator in administering the Act, the costs incurred by the Ombudsman in investigating complaints, and the costs that arise from the regulation, by prescribed persons, of activities specified in the licence.










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