Connections

Private pole and powerline repair costs

 

Overhead powerlines that aren’t inspected and properly maintained can become a serious bushfire risk. Ausgrid carry out regular patrols to check private poles and overhead powerlines across our network area for potential bushfire hazards.

If any hazards are identified, property owners will be given a defect notice outlining what work is required and the time in which it must be done. It will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for any work required.

You will need to arrange for a licensed electrician to repair any damaged electrical assets, such as broken electrical equipment or wires, or poles which are rotting, corroded or leaning excessively. If branches, trees or shrubs need to be cleared you will need to engage a tree trimming contractor who is qualified to work around the electricity network to safely remove the vegetation.

If the work is not completed, Ausgrid may either enter the property to carry out any required rectification works or disconnect the property’s power supply to remove any safety risk. If we carry out the work we will recover the reasonable cost of doing the work from the property owner. You may be entitled to financial assistance toward any repairs.  Find out more about Ausgrid's Hardship policy.

The following images provides some examples of common defects and a range of indicative costs that customers may be charged when engaging qualified contractors to complete the work required by the notice. These estimates are indicative only and do not allow for issues such as difficult access or specialised equipment, or include potential additional costs for service searches, design, transfer and reinstatement of services to private poles, traffic control or rock excavation.

 

Conductor replacement

Conductor replacement
$3,600 - $6,000

Conductor retensioning

Conductor retensioning
$1,800 - $2,800

Crossarm replacement

Crossarm replacement
$1,800 -  $3,000

Installation of LV spreaders

Installation of LV spreaders
$1,200 -  $1,800

Insulator replacement

Insulator replacement
$1,500 - $2,500

Pole replacement

Pole replacement
$5,000 -  $8,000

Vegetation management

Vegetation management 
per span $200 -  $350

 

Pole inspections and maintenance

Companies currently engaged by Ausgrid to carry out these works on the electricity network include:

  • LendLease Services
    Newcastle
    (02) 4028 0700
  • Zinfra Contracting Pty. ltd
    Central Coast
    0448 363 482
  • Utility Asset Management
    Upper Hunter & Sydney
    1300 664 096

Please note: It is the customers responsibility to determine which company is appropriate for carrying out pole inspection and treatment requirements. Ausgrid's authorisation relates only to a person's training to carry out pole inspection and/or treatment work on Ausgrid's power poles and is not an endorsement or recommendation about their skills or suitability to carry out pole inspection, tree trimming or other works on your property.