A Licence to Construct and Operate a Pipeline must be obtained by the proponent and this decision can only be made by the Minister.  This includes the approval of a Consultation Plan and land access, either by agreement or compulsory acquisition. An application for a pipeline licence must be made in an approved form.

An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is required prior to constructing and operating a pipeline.

A Safety Management Plan (SMP) is required prior to constructing and operating a pipeline. This is administered by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV).

Consultation Plan

An approved Consultation Plan is required prior to a proponent giving notice to each land owner and occupier of an intention to enter land or of a pipeline corridor. The plan sets out the information that the proponent is to provide to owner and occupiers affected by the proposed pipeline.

For further advice on when and how to make application for approval of a consultation plan, please contact pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au

Land Access and Acquisition

The owner and the occupier of land are entitled to compensation from a proponent or licensee for the use of and impacts to their land. The proponent or licensee must present clear and accurate information during negotiations that will outline the impacts and management practices associated with pipeline development.

The Act requires the proponent to describe the processes relating to compulsory acquisition, including the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 in the approved consultation information.

Native Title Act 1993

The Native Title Act 1993 recognizes the rights of and interests in the land by indigenous people. Applications for new pipelines and alterations to existing routes trigger the application of the Native Title Act if the proposed construction and modification impact native title holders.

Page last updated: 20/02/20