Under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1978, regulations in South Australia generally expire after ten years, unless remade before the expiry date. The Electricity (Principles of Vegetation Clearance) Regulations 2010 will expire on 1 September 2021.
The Regulations set out how vegetation must be kept clear of powerlines, most commonly by the South Australian electricity network companies including SA Power Networks and ElectraNet.
The Regulations are administered by the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) .
In 2018 SA Power Networks proactively approached the OTR with several proposals for significant changes to the regulations. SA Power Networks also engaged with community stakeholders on their proposed changes.
In view of the 2021 expiry date of the current legislation, the OTR considered it reasonable to administer SA Power Networks’ proposed changes within the framework of the programmed ten yearly review.
The Technical Regulator is now seeking submissions from interested parties to inform the review.
The contents of the Regulations currently are:
|Regulation 4||Duty of electricity entity or council|
|Regulation 5||Duty of occupier|
|Regulation 6||Planting and nurturing vegetation near powerlines|
|Regulation 7||Technical Regulator may grant exemption from principles of vegetation clearance|
|Regulation 8||Vegetation clearance scheme outside prescribed areas agreed between council and electricity entity|
|Regulation 9||Agreement between occupier and electricity entity|
|Regulation 10||Objections relating to vegetation clearance|
|Regulation 11||Notification of clearance by electricity entity to council|
|Regulation 12||Electricity entity vegetation clearance power—prescribed qualification|
|Schedule 1||Clearance and buffer zones around overhead powerlines|
|Schedule 2||Planting or nurturing vegetation near public powerlines|
|Schedule 3||Maps showing prescribed areas|
|Schedule 4||Maps showing bushfire risk area|
When making a submission, please refer to the Regulation number if commenting on an existing Regulation.
Should a submission suggest a new Regulation, please refer to the Section of the Electricity Act it relates to. Vegetation clearance matters are addressed in the Act in Part 5, from Section 55.
Please note that submissions sent to SA Power Networks in their pre-consultation period have been provided to the OTR and will be considered in the review. It is not necessary to submit the same responses direct to the OTR. A list of responses SA Power Networks forwarded to the Technical Regulator is available here. ()
The SA Power Networks pre-consultation paper is available here. ()
A pre-consultation submission from ElectraNet is available here. ()
Call for submissions overlap
This call for submissions overlaps a minor update to the Regulations which extends the low-risk powerline clearance principles to the largest urban areas outside Adelaide metro and removes four small areas from the bushfire risk area.
Making a submission
Submissions may be made by email to Rebecca.Schulz@sa.gov.au by 23 August 2019.