Vegetation management

Keeping areas around poles and wires safe

It’s up to us to make sure the area surrounding our poles and wires is clear and safe.

Branches falling or flying loose in strong winds can bring down powerlines, cause power outages or spark grass fires, which is why we regularly inspect vegetation around our poles and wires and cut it back if necessary.

We inspect all our powerlines in both low and high bushfire risk areas each year, and we trim and cut trees in a way that keeps them safe and healthy.

Vegetation No Go Zones

Any work within the Vegetation No Go Zone can only be completed by or on behalf of CitiPower and Powercor by trained and authorised professionals. It is illegal and dangerous for any other person to complete these works within the No Go Zone.

This diagram shows the current vegetation No Go Zone specifications and requirements to carry out work.

A diagram shows who is responsible for vegetation management around powerlines. The diagram is colour coded red for No Go Zone (Citipower and Powercor only), orange for registered electrical spotters, and green for homeowners.

Vegetation management FAQs

Information and answers on plant, tree and shrub cutting around your business.

Do you have to cut my trees?

We have an obligation to clear any vegetation that poses a risk to our assets.

The Electricity Safety Act, including the Electrical Safety (Electric Line Clearance) regulations in 2020, requires us to meet certain minimum standards with regards to our vegetation management plans. This defines the clearance distances for trees and other vegetation need high voltage and low voltage powerlines.

For private customers

For private customers, before submitting a Vegetation No Go Zone request (via the enquiry form on this page) we recommend you contact your local council as approval to cut or remove your trees is usually required.

CitiPower and Powercor will only cut vegetation to the No Go Zone specifications. Any cutting or removal of vegetation further to this is the responsibility of the landowner. It is recommended you communicate with an arborist to understand all work that will be required.

Cutting trees inside the Vegetation No Go Zone to meet customer needs is a separate task to compliance cutting.

Vegetation No Go Zones FAQs

Do I pay for work that CitiPower or Powercor carry out to remove vegetation from the no go zone?

Yes. If you require a tree to be cleared from the vegetation no go zone, you can apply to have CitiPower and Powercor do so, by submitting a vegetation no go zone request. You will then receive a quote for works to be carried out. Costs may vary significantly depending on the amount of work and the equipment required. CitiPower or Powercor use suitably trained and qualified people who utilise specialised equipment to carry out this work.

Using LiDAR technology to boost our vegetation cutting program

Each year our helicopters scan our network, fitted with advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to scan for vegetation growing too close to powerlines.

The data can also be used to create an accurate digital model of the electricity network and its surroundings, and helps ensure we identify which trees to cut, by how much and when.

Documents and Resources

    Energy Safe Victoria – electrical safety regulator

    Energy Safe Victoria is the government agency responsible for electrical safety issues and they set the minimum clearance standards around powerlines. These standards define the clearance distances for trees and other vegetation away from high voltage and low voltage powerlines.

    Get more information on electricity safety line clearance regulations at Energy Safe Victoria.

    Vegetation Management Form

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