Power System Safety

The Tasmanian Electricity Supply Industry (TESI) is committed to ensuring that all employees and contractors who work on or near power system assets are aware of the dangers and are properly trained and accredited. Power System Safety Rules (PSSR) have been developed by TESI for the safe management of the apparatus that forms the integrated power system in Australia.

Transend manages the administration of power system safety on behalf of the industry in Tasmania. The following TESI companies are signatories to the PSSR and together form the Operating Authority:

  • Transend Networks Pty Ltd;
  • Aurora Energy Pty Ltd; and
  • Aurora Energy Tamar Valley Power Pty Ltd (AETV Power).

NBNCo became a participating company to the Tasmanian Power System Safety Rules on 23 April 2012. As a participating company NBNCo are authorised by the signatories to implement the Power System Safety Rules at their worksites.

As at 1 July 2012, Hydro Tasmania withdrew as a signatory to the PSSR. Work on Hydro assets is performed under the Hydro Safe work practices and requires Hydro specific training. Contractors working across TESI may require both PSSR and Hydro accreditation and should ensure they do have the appropriate training before attending site.

The Australian Electricity Supply Industry Skills Passport will continue to be used by Aurora, Transend, AETV Power and Hydro to record all training relevant for working across TESI.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Power System Safety Rules strictly apply to employees and contractors working on or near the power system for a signatory or participating company. WorkCover Tasmania has produced "A Guide to working safely near Overhead Power Lines" for performing work near the power system when not employed by a signatory company.