ESC Land Access Code of Practice

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has developed a Land Access Code of Practice which will come into effect on 1 March 2024. This Code of Practice will replace the ESC Land Access Statement of Expectations.

ESC’s Land Access Code of Practice governs procedures for electricity transmission companies, such as AusNet, to follow when seeking access to private land under the Electricity Industry Act 2000 (Vic). The purpose of the Code of Practice is to mandate specific requirements to be followed before, during and after land access under section 93 of the Act to improve communication with landholders, occupiers and other key stakeholders and minimise impacts.

AusNet and the Western Renewables Link project team are committed to complying with the Code of Practice and we want to assure you that our engagement approach and processes for land access align with the requirements set out by ESC. We have reviewed and updated our procedures, protocols, and our Landholder Guide: Land access for field surveys and investigations to reflect the new Code of Practice requirements.

More information about the code of practice is available on the ESC website -  

About the project

The Western Renewables Link is a proposed electricity transmission line that will carry renewable energy from western Victoria to homes and businesses across the state and into the National Electricity Market.

The project is critical infrastructure required to unlock the renewable energy potential of western Victoria as a key Renewable Energy Zone and will help to deliver clean and affordable energy to all Victorians.

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