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In 2011, the Victorian Government announced the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP), a $750 million, 10-year program that aims to reduce the risk of bushfires caused by electrical assets.


Specifically, the PBSP is responsible for delivering on recommendations 27 and 32 of the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission. Click here for more information on the PBSP.


As the owner and operator of electricity assets across eastern Victoria – with many of our powerlines servicing customers in high bushfire risk areas – we are committed to mitigating bushfire risk.


As such, in addition to our own enhanced network safety and bushfire mitigation programs, we are working with the State Government to implement the PBSP, by installing new network technologies to better control faults that may cause fires, and by upgrading powerlines in the areas of highest bushfire risk.


Listed below are the major initiatives under the PBSP:



  • AusNet Services is replacing Single-Wire Earth Return (SWER) powerlines and 22 kilovolt (kV) powerlines with insulated cabling, underground cabling or other technology through the Powerline Replacement Fund
  • Undergrounding targeted bare Private Overhead Electric Lines (POELs) in selected high bushfire risk municipalities. View the list of eligible municipalities
  • Remote-controlled Automatic Circuit Reclosers (ACRs) have been installed or upgraded on more than 520 devices on our network. These devices allow us to remotely and instantaneously adjust the reclose function on these 22 kV and 12.7 kV powerlines on all total fire ban days to permit only one reclose attempt before lockout.
  • Adjusting reclose function on the automatic circuit reclosers on all 22 kV and 12.7 kV powerlines on all total fire ban days to permit only one reclose attempt before lockout. 


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