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Electricity Distribution Network

Electricity Distribution Lines 

AusNet Services’ electricity distribution network carries electricity to over 680,000 customers over 80,000 square kilometres in eastern Victoria including Melbourne’s outer northern and eastern suburbs. This network is large and complex, consisting of around 50,000 kilometres of powerlines, more than 370,000 powerpoles, control systems and meters. 

This predominantly rural network consists of unique and diverse terrain, from Melbourne’s populated eastern urban fringe, through steep, heavily treed mountainous regions and harsh coastal environments.

Maintaining a network of this scale requires considerable expertise and investment.

The diagram below shows how the electricity distribution network forms part of the energy supply chain.

Energy Supply Chain

Setting electricity distribution revenue 


To recover the costs of operating and maintaining our network to provide a safe, efficient and reliable energy supply, we charge our customers a network tariff. All network tariffs must be approved by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Network tariffs are included in the bill that customers receive from their electricity retailer. They form part, but not all, of the network service chargebill and they are not shown separately. on the bill.

In the pie chart shown below, 34 per cent of a typical household’s electricity bill pays for electricity distribution. This includes the cost of building, operating and maintaining the distribution network that delivers electricity, as well as costs related to metering.


Residential Customer Bill Breakdown

Electricity Distribution Price Review (EDPR)


Our current five-year regulatory period for electricity distribution runs from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020.

The AER approved $3.1 billion in revenue to run AusNet Services’ distribution network for this period.

For more information about our current regulatory period, please browse the following resources:


Customer Engagement 


An outline of the customer engagement activities we undertook in support of our current EDPR proposal is provided below.


Electricity Customer Engagement Diagram


AusNet Services would like to acknowledge and thank all of our customers who took part in these activities.

For more information about the EDPR process and our engagement program, please read our resources on the following topics: