To be eligible, you must:
Own a private overhead electric powerline on a property in a designated High Bushfire Risk Area within one of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):
In eastern Victoria: Alpine, Baw Baw, Benalla, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington, Wodonga, and Yarra Ranges.
In western Victoria: Ballarat, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Greater Bendigo, Hepburn, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians and Surf Coast.
The POEL must be either:
- partially or fully bare-wire or if insulated, subject to a current urgent or significant defect notice
- in active use (the line is connected and energised)
- overhead (not already underground or in the process of being undergrounded).
Please see the Application Guidelines for further requirements.