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Distribution overhead powerlines

Distribution overhead powerlines range in voltage from 240V up to 66,000V (66kV).

Distribution overhead lines include electrical overhead lines for traction assets such as trains and trams.

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No Go Zones for power poles

No Go Zone - Overhead powerlines on poles

  1. For work outside 6.4m from overhead power lines no specific requirements are established other than those described in established regulation, primarily the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007.
  2. For any work between 3.0m and 6.4m from an overhead power line, a registered spotter is required. This is known as the Spotter Zone.
  3. For any work within 3.0m from an overhead power line, permission from the relevant network operator is required and additional preventative measures will need to be taken.

Further information

To read more about “Look Up and Live” visit our Campaign pages.

To obtain stickers and brochures  go to our Merchandise page.

Further information and exclusions to the above conditions apply and can be found on the WorkSafe website and its guide to No Go Zones – Guidebook – Using powered mobile plant near overhead assets.

For information about clearances to buildings from overhead powerlines read our Building design near overhead powerlines brochure.

Contact us

If you have questions about No Go Zones or working around powerlines, contact our Safety Outcomes Assurance team on (03) 9203 9700 or by email at