Private Overhead Electric Line Scheme

The Private Overhead Electric Line (POEL) Scheme is undergrounding private powerlines in the highest bushfire-risk areas to reduce  powerline bushfire ignitions and increase community safety. The POEL Scheme is targeting areas most affected during the summer 2019-20 bushfires and surrounding areas.

Apply by clicking the application button below by 30 June 2022.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding, you must own a POEL which is:

  • either partially or fully bare-wire OR if insulated, subject to a current urgent or significant defect notice
  • overhead (not already underground, or in the process of being undergrounded)
  • in active use (the powerline is connected and energised)
  • located within a designated High Bushfire Risk Area of one of the thirteen LGAs listed below:
designated locations
Alpine East GippslandMurrindindiWangaratta
Baw BawIndigoStrathbogie Wellington
Benalla Mansfield Towong Wodonga
   Yarra Ranges

Please read the Application Guidelines available below for further information.

How and when to apply

  • Applications must be completed via the DELWP Application Portal
  • Applications are open until 30 June 2022 (subject to available funding)

If you require assistance submitting your online application, contact the Grants Information Line by email:

For more information

If you have any questions about  eligibility or the terms of the grant funding, please email: or call the POEL Scheme Team on 03 9918 7315.


Powerline replacement at Grassmere

Watch this timelapse video showing the replacement of bare-wire powerlines in Grassmere, Victoria. It is one of the many replacement projects safeguarding regional communities against powerlines starting bushfires.

High Voltage Line - working to make communities safer

Experience the replacement of high voltage powerlines in the Victorian Otway Ranges with aerial views showing what works look like from all angles.

See the High Voltage Line video transcript

Page last updated: 21/04/22