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Electrical safety rules

Ausgrid’s Electrical Safety Rules (ESR) govern the way work is performed on or near the Ausgrid network to ensure the ongoing safety of our people, contractors, ASPs and the community.
The ESR apply to all persons carrying out work on or near the Ausgrid network under the Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014.
All workers working on or near Ausgrid’s network must ensure they comply with the requirements of the ESR and have a copy of the latest edition readily available at the work site.
The ESR Appendix A – Work on or near live exposed low voltage mains and apparatus – Task List, lists the tasks which may be considered to be performed live, subject to those tasks meeting the requirements of the live LV work planning assessment process, as outlined in section 9.5.1 of the ESR.


The latest version of the ESR (2021) can be found in the list below. This edition of the ESR will come into effect on Monday, 22 November 2021.

A leeway will exist until 1 January 2022 for the application of access authorities/permits for work on low voltage mains and apparatus, and the application of test voltages, where a Network Access Request has already been submitted. In those situations, the work may continue utilising the access authority/permit that was requested on the Network Access Request.