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 almost $10 million across a number of projects and trials throughout Victoria.

The PBSP has made a significant reduction to the risk of bushfires starting from powerlines in Victoria. It has funded 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 was 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, 210.1 KB)
Investing in New Technology, research and development  (DOCX, 1.2 MB)

R&D works include:

Covered Conductor Grant Program

Vegetation Conduction Ignition Testing

Vegetation Detection Challenge

Early Fault Detection (EFD) System Trial

Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL)

Broken Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) Conductor Detection Research Project

Page last updated: 11/04/19