Privately-owned power poles and overhead powerlines must be properly maintained to ensure that they do not pose a serious bushfire hazard or a significant electrical safety hazard to your property, the broader community and Essential Energy’s employees.
What are Essential Energy's responsibilities?
Essential Energy is responsible for maintaining and repairing the electricity network to the connection point located on private land.
Provisions under the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014 also allow Essential Energy’s asset inspectors and field employees to access your property to undertake regular ground-based patrols of consumer mains and sub-mains that are continuously connected to consumer mains/service mains. The inspectors also complete a visual above-ground inspection of these assets.
If a defect is identified, Essential Energy will send you notification of the work required to rectify this and the timeframe in which it must be done.
If an unsafe situation is detected and not rectified in a timely manner, statutory provisions enable Essential Energy to disconnect the installation, or parts thereof.
What are your responsibilities?
As the property owner, you are responsible for inspection, safe maintenance and operation of all privately-owned power poles and powerlines – those between the first point of connection on your property to the switchboard or meter and those that extend into your property. The inspections you arrange should also include any sub-mains on the property that may provide power supply to a pump or a shed.
Diagrams showing typical privately-owned power pole and powerline configurations can be found in our brochure.
You must ensure that the network components you own are safe and properly maintained. Essential Energy expects you to organise your own regular inspections:
- annually, before each bushfire season
- after major storms, or
- if you suspect any damage.
This may include:
- organising a licenced electrician to regularly inspect, maintain and, where necessary, promptly repair electricity equipment including power poles, powerlines and pole-top fittings on your property (find an appropriately qualified electrical contractor), and / or
- engaging a qualified tree trimming contractor to maintain safety clearances between trees and power poles or powerlines (find vegetation clearance zones around powerlines).