Private property poles

Did you know that unsafe power poles can lead to fires or electric shock? Keeping them safe is your responsibility (PDF 988.6 kb).

Most private power poles across Queensland are reaching the end of their serviceable lifespan after 30-50 years and are subject to structural issues due to weather, termites, rot and corrosion.

As a property owner, it's your responsibility to check and maintain these power poles. If you're a tenant or leasing a property that has a private power pole, notify your property agent or landlord.

We work alongside the Electrical Safety Office and Ergon Energy to raise awareness of the responsibilities of private power pole owners.

How do I know if the power pole is my responsibility?

We usually own the poles up to the property boundary and these can be identified by a pole number. This number is generally located two to three metres above the ground on the side of the pole.

What to look out for:

A serious defect could cause a fire, electric shock, or other personal injury. A safety inspection is recommended every five years by a qualified electrical contractor (try Master Electricians), who can advise if repairs or replacement are required.

Be on the look out for:

  • poles leaning excessively
  • evidence of rotting or corrosion at ground level or just below
  • electrical fittings or wires, broken or pulling away from the pole
  • cross arms that are splitting, loose or sagging

For more information, read our Property poles and privately owned powerlines (Form 8001) fact sheet (PDF 271.1 kb).