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. Ausgrid recognises that there are members of the community who experience financial stress and hardship. Our Vulnerable Customer Policy has been developed to assist customers who need to pay Ausgrid directly for bushfire safety rectification work or damage to our network. Find out more.
The cost of repairing a defect will vary depending on the extent of the damage and other factors such as access to your property and powerlines.
The following images provide 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 are estimates 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.
$3,600 - $6,000
$1,800 - $2,800
$1,800 - $3,000
Installation of LV spreaders
$1,200 - $1,800
$1,500 - $2,500
1st span $560
2nd span $350
Additional spans $200.
Steel pole $3000 - $5000
Steel pole with meter box $3500 - $5500
Large timber pole $7500 - $14500
Large timber pole with meter box $9500 - $16000
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.