The Land Access Code of Practice regulates the rules and processes that transmission companies must follow when accessing, or seeking to access, private land using statutory powers under the Electricity Industry Act 2000. It also regulates the information that licensed electricity transmission companies must provide to affected parties and other parties interested in land prior to entering into access agreements or accessing private land using statutory powers under the Electricity Industry Act 2000.
Land Access Code of Practice
The Land Access Code of Practice takes effect on 1 March 2024.
This code of practice has the following objectives:
- to balance the statutory right of electricity transmission companies to access private land to provide essential services, and the rights of those interested in the land who are affected by that exercise of power
- to regulate how electricity transmission companies access private land using powers derived from section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000, where attempts to enter into an access agreement have been unsuccessful
- to establish conditions for electricity transmission companies when exercising powers under section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000, including consultation and notice requirements
- to regulate information electricity transmission companies must provide to persons interested in the land prior to entering access agreements as an alternative to the use of access powers under section 93 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000
- to regulate ongoing reporting obligations of electricity transmission companies when accessing private land
- to promote the long-term interests of Victorian electricity consumers.
The code of practice applies to electricity transmission companies.