Private overhead electric lines

We have about 21,000 customers with a private overhead electric line (POEL).

Private overhead electric lines can be a combination of privately owned poles and lines, or just a span of line that is privately owned. These are generally for rural properties and their various buildings, such as sheds.

As the customer has requested the power connection that requires a private overhead line, it is the customer’s responsibility to make sure their POEL remains in a safe working condition. Powercor will inspect the private poles that support the POELs every two-and-a-half years to make sure they’re in good operating condition. We also inspect the POELs not supported by private poles every two-and-a-half years in hazardous bushfire risk areas, and every five years in low bushfire risk areas.

If we identify a problem, we’ll issue a defect notice on the POEL and the customer is required to ensure the fault is fixed by a specified date.

A Registered Electrical Contractor is the only person who can carry out any work on a POEL. Similarly, if a customer needs to prune around a POEL, we recommend that a qualified contractor is engaged.

The following forms can be used to declare compliance around vegetation management:

To further understand your responsibilities regarding Private Overhead Electric Lines, view the Understanding your responsibilities section of this website.

Putting your private overhead electric line underground

Undergrounding private powerlines is mandatory if:

  • More than 20 per cent of your line’s poles or wires need to be repaired or replaced, and
  • The line is located in a Hazardous Bushfire Risk Area, as determined by the Country Fire Authority.

If your line is to be placed underground, your Registered Electrical Contractor will need to establish a new point of supply in consultation with CitiPower or Powercor.  A new point of supply may also require an underground service pit.

To request a new point of supply, please ask your nominated Registered Electrical Contractor to contact Powercor’s Customer Projects Team.   For more information, please 13 22 06.