Ausgrid has a large network of underground cables. For safety reasons, it is extremely important that you check for electrical cables and other utility pipes (including gas, water and sewerage) before you start to dig or excavate.
NSW legislation requires people who are planning excavation work to obtain copies of underground electricity cable plans from Before You Dig Australia. The plans must be no more than 30 days old when excavation commences.
The aim of the legislation is to ensure workers can establish the exact location of cables and avoid coming into contact with them or damaging them. It also ensures worker safety and prevents disruption to Ausgrid's electricity network.
Before You Dig Australia (BYDA) is a FREE national referral service supported by Ausgrid and other major service providers that supplies plans of where electricity, water, gas and telecommunications cables and pipes are located so you know whether it is safe to dig.
You can check your dig site by lodging a free enquiry via the Before You Dig Australia website.
Your BYDA plans should arrive or be ready for collection within three working days. If you require assistance when reading and interpreting your plans, please call Ausgrid on 02 4951 0899.
Contractors working in an Ausgrid confined space have an obligation to comply with the WHS Regulations, the Australian Standard for Confined Spaces and other work health and safety laws at both state and federal levels when accessing Ausgrid’s confined spaces. Find out more and download a copy of the Ausgrid confined space register.
Make sure you have planned your work around the electricity network and checked the clearance requirements for overhead powerlines. Find out more here.