The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) is the biggest powerline safety project yet seen in Australia, committing $750 million over 10 years on a suite of measures.  Introduced in 2011, the Program delivers on recommendations 27 (new safer assets) and 32 (safer network operations) of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission to reduce the risk of bushfires caused by electrical assets.

Electricity distribution businesses are investing in new generation electrical asset protection and control equipment, known as ACRs and REFCLs. The report of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce (PBST) (PDF, 4.3 MB) found these technologies will allow for rapid improvements with the largest impact on risk reduction.

  • Summer safety 2019-20 – A Progress Report of the PBSP outlines the extent of complex works already undertaken to make Victoria a safer place during bushfire seasons
  • For information on the establishment of the program, research and development into technologies and operational practices to reduce bushfire fires and details of legislative and regulatory reforms refer to our reports.
  • News update - POEL Scheme has been extended

    October 2021

    The Private Overhead Electric Line (POEL) Scheme has been expanded to include ten new Local Government Areas and the eligibility requirements are broader. The Scheme is now open for new applications.


The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program consists of 6 projects

Be prepared for a power outage

In extreme weather conditions, the risk of power outage is greater and people should be prepared and have a plan to manage blackouts. Consider your need for back-up power if you are highly reliant on electricity and don't rely on power as part of any bushfire preparedness plan.

Remember power outages can also affect phones, radios and water pumps - so arrange for alternatives that do not rely on electricity supply.

This guide to power outages can help you prepare.

Page last updated: 25/10/21