The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has drafted guidelines to enable better management of waste streams from geothermal schemes such as hot springs and geothermal heating developments.

The draft Geothermal Groundwater Licensing Guidelines 2019 have been developed due to increasing demand for Victoria’s geothermal groundwater resources, predominantly for hot spring developments, and geothermal heating.

The Guidelines aim to provide a reference for Rural Water Corporations and project proponents to identify when a geothermal reinjection scheme is a suitable management solution for waste water and detail the application and assessment process.

The Guidelines do not cover the planning permit processes that development proposals must meet.  Planning requirements would need to be met in addition to the relevant groundwater licences and approvals.

Consultation on the draft Guidelines is open until COB Friday 23 August, 2019.

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You can get more information about, and a copy of the Guidelines here. Submissions can be made by emailing

Graphic showing the differences between closed-loop versus open-look geothermal reinjection schemes Closed-loop versus open-loop geothermal reinjection schemes