Aerial inspections

We own and operate Victoria’s electricity transmission network and one of the five distribution networks.

Each year our Aerial Operations Program inspects around 40,000 poles on our electricity network from the air.

We use specialised helicopters and crew to thoroughly inspect overhead powerlines and poles to ensure the electricity supply across the AusNet distribution network remains safe and reliable.

Why we use helicopters

Helicopters significantly reduce the time taken to inspect an area.

They allow a bird’s-eye view for us to identify, monitor and repair any wear and tear or potential risks to supply, such as deterioration on the topside of poles.

Playing a vital role in keeping communities safe

Our aerial team also provides rapid response to assess damage and resolve any faults/outages that occur on the network after a severe weather event, such as storms, floods, or bushfires.

Protecting you from the noise

We're aware that noise from helicopters can present a risk to some livestock. That's why our specialised pilots remain alert for livestock and, where possible, change course to avoid unsettling animals.

We also send SMS notifications to customers in and around the scheduled flight area.

To ensure you receive these notifications, please update your contact details with your electricity retailer.

Pre-Winter aerial inspections

From Wednesday 15th May to Friday 17th May 2024, our helicopters will be inspecting the high-voltage powerlines in Victoria's alpine areas.

This activity will ensure a safe and reliable power supply over winter and that any potential defects along our network can be addressed.

Where will this work be happening?

We’ll be conducting low level helicopter fly-overs in Mount Buller and surrounding areas, as well as in and around Falls Creek, Mount Beauty and Bright. Check the map on this page to view the areas where you might see our helicopter.

Image of map showing areas where helicopter inspections will occur

Map image of pre-winter inspection flyover areas from 15th May to 17th May.