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The Powerline Replacement Grant undergrounds private powerlines (POELs) to reduce powerline bushfire ignitions and increase community safety. It aims to:

  • assist in the recovery of areas affected by the 2019/20 summer bushfires
  • increase community safety by reducing the risk posed by bare-wire powerlines
  • stimulate bushfire affected economies by generating local jobs.

How does the grant work?

The grant covers power poles and powerlines on private properties that connect the property to the electricity distribution network. The funds cover 100% of powerline undergrounding costs and replacement works, including contractors' engagement, securing product supplies and obtaining local planning approvals.

Key dates

Applications are open (subject to available funding).

Local Government Authorities participating

POEL Scheme - understanding powerlines for the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program


What are the funding details?

How to apply

If you require assistance submitting your online application, contact the Grants Information Line by email: grantsinfo@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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What is the notification process?

If your online application is successful, you will receive an email notification from DELWP. All decisions are final and are not subject to further review. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed as to the reason for the outcome.

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.