The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) has supported the testing and development of new powerline bushfire protection technology and fault detection capabilities in partnership with Victoria's electricity distribution businesses, investing $5.5 million across three trials in Frankston, Springvale and Kilmore.

The PBSP has made a significant reduction to the risk of bushfires starting from powerlines in Victoria. It continues to fund priority research and development in areas to support the development and application of technological solutions that will best contribute to enhance safety in Victoria's electricity distribution network for the long term.

The aim is to foster commercial development of new or enhanced products to further technology that prevents bushfires occurring from powerlines.

An outline of the R&D program can be found on the following Fact Sheet:

Investing in New Technology, research and development (PDF, 291.3 KB)
Investing in New Technology, research and development (DOCX, 12.2 MB)

Current works include:

Covered Conductor Grant Program

Vegetation Conduction Ignition Testing

Vegetation Detection Challenge

Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL)