Who can trim trees near powerlines

Trimming or removal of vegetation, particularly trees near powerlines, can be extremely dangerous.

If you would like vegetation cleared within three metres of Ausgrid powerlines, you should ensure that the work is carried out by suitably qualified vegetation management workers. The distance between the tree and our network will determine who can complete any trimming work. Chapter 3 of the WorkCover Code of Practice for Work Near Overhead Powerlines outlines the clearance distances for ordinary persons, accredited persons and the No Go Zone. These distances differ depending on the powerline's voltage.

Clearing vegetation within the No Go Zone of Ausgrid powerlines, as defined in the WorkCover Code of Practice for Work Near Overhead Powerlines, can only be carried out by companies contracted to Ausgrid. If you are unsure and would like us to assess a tree growing close to powerlines, please report it to Ausgrid and we will send someone to inspect and arrange for trimming if needed.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 13 13 65.