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Bushfire committee and taskforce

Information about the Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee and the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce.

Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee

In 2011 the Victorian Government announced a $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety program (PBSP). The 10-year program will deliver on recommendations (27 and 32) of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and aims to reduce the risk of bushfires caused by electrical assets without causing significant impact to electricity supply reliability.

ESV is assisting the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)External Link in the roll-out of this program.

About the committee

The Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee (PBSC) was established in 2016 by ESV under Section 8 of its Act.


The PBSC exists to provide the Director of Energy Safety (DoES) with comprehensive expert advice to support ESV in its administration of the Electricity Safety (Bushfire Mitigation) Amendment Regulations 2016 (the regulations) and any advice ESV may, in turn, provide government on further policy changes that maybe required in the light of actual experience.

PBSC documents

All documents drafted by the Powerline Bushfire Safety Committee will be made available for public review, and are published here:

PBSC Acronyms

PBSC Meeting 1 – 05.12.16

PBSC Meeting 2 – 14.03.17

PBSC Meeting 3 – 13.06.17

PBSC Meeting 4 – 12.09.17

PBSC Meeting 5 – 12.12.17

PBSC Meeting 6 – 13.03.18

PBSC Meeting 7 – 12.06.18

PBSC Meeting 8 – 11.09.18

PBSC Meeting 9 – 11.12.18

PBSC Meeting 10 – 04.04.19

PBSC Meeting 11 – 11.06.19

PBSC Meeting 12 – 20.08.19

PBSC Meeting 13 – 10.12.19

Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce

In August 2010 the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce (PBST) was established to oversee the implementation of recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, related to powerline replacement and changing the network reclose function.

In 2011 the PBST produced its final report:

Date: 23/09/2023 7:14

Controlled document

The currency and accuracy of this document cannot be guaranteed once printed or saved to a storage device. If in doubt, please check the ESV website for the current version.

Reviewed 13 February 2023

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