Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015

New electric line clearance regulations commenced in Victoria on 28 June 2015. The new regulations replace the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2010. The objectives of the regulations are to prescribe the Code of Practice for Electric Line Clearance and procedures for standards and practices for tree cutting or removal in the vicinity of electric lines, and to minimise the danger of electric lines causing fire or electrocution.

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared for the 2015 electric line clearance regulations. The RIS assessed the regulations as well as identified alternatives on the basis of ability to reduce bushfire risks, substantive compliance costs and administrative burdens. The RIS concluded that the regulations were preferred to the alternatives and would deliver the greatest net benefits over the life of the regulations.

CLICK HERE to read the RIS and an exposure draft of the regulations.

CLICK HERE to read the information sheet.

The public consultation period for the RIS and the draft regulations closed on 13 January 2015. After the close of public consultation, a number of changes were made to the draft regulations in light of stakeholder feedback. ESV has prepared a summary of the key changes and the reasons for the changes. CLICK HERE to read the Statement of Reasons.

Please find listed below links to the written submissions to the RIS and draft regulations (in alphabetical order), except where permission was not provided to make a submission publicly available.

AusNet Services

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Brimbank City Council

Canterbury Community Action Group

CitiPower Pty and Powercor Australia Ltd

City of Boroondara

City of Greater Geelong

City of Kingston

City of Monash

Council Arboriculture Victoria

Country Fire Authority

Department of Environment and Primary Industries

Dr Gregory Moore

Glenelg Shire Council

Greater Dandenong City Council

Inner South Metro Mayors' Forum

Jemena Ltd

Knox City Council

Maroondah City Council

Metro Trains Melbourne

Mr Howard Templeton

Municipal Association of Victoria

United Energy and Multinet Gas

Victoria Walks Inc

Yarra City Council