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The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program invested $10 million to support the Research and Development (R&D) testing and development of new powerline bushfire protection technology and fault detection capabilities.

Between 2014 to 2019, R&D projects fostered the commercial development of new or enhanced products to further technology that prevents bushfires occurring from powerlines. These included:

  • Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) 2014 to 2016
  • Vegetation Conduction Ignition Testing 2015
  • Covered Conductor Grant Program 2016 to 2017
  • Early Fault Detection (EFD) System Trial 2017 to 2019
  • Vegetation Detection Challenge 2017
  • Broken Single Wire Fault Return (SWER) Conductor Detection Research Project 2018 to 2019.

Research and Development Round II (R&DII) programs

The second round of grants awarded $1.65 million across 4 projects. It gives leading researchers, universities and electrical distribution businesses the chance to work together to help improve powerline bushfire safety.

The grants explore emerging powerline safety technologies and systems. Its focus is on helping build business capability and foster innovative developments. This will further enhance the safety of electricity assets to protect people and property from bushfires.

Funded projects

Update: October 2022

Positive results mark research completion – reports are now available

The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program’s Round II Research and Development Program results are now complete.

The 4 projects started in 2021 and worked to deliver real-world technologies and research through the pandemic and lockdowns. The projects have each produced tangible results and provided the next steps to improve powerline bushfire safety. Refer to the summaries and reports on this page.

Page last updated: 13/10/22