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Our infrastructure around homes

Electricity is a vital part of our everyday lives. Our network consists of a lot of infrastructure spread across the state, ensuring we supply each of our 2.3 million customers, safely and reliably.

This vast network includes assets that you may find on or near your property. While they remain the responsibility of Western Power to maintain, it’s your responsibility to make sure we can easily access them.

You may have received a notice to take some action on your property to help ensure our assets remain easily accessible and safe distances from electrical hazards.

The notice you received should outline what you need to do to help us maintain our network safely and keep the WA community connected.

Find out more about our assets on your property below.

FAQs

  • Why does Western Power need to access my premises?
  • When would Western Power need to access my premises?
  • Do I need to give Western Power access?
  • How will I know the people requesting access are from Western Power?
  • What happens if Western Power needs to access assets on my premises?

Occasionally we need to perform switching tasks on the equipment located in your premises to ensure it’s working safely. Other times we need to check that the site condition meets our standards. 

These visits are normally short (5-10 minutes) and will not affect the electricity supply to your premises.

When you think of Western Power’s network, your first thoughts probably go to the poles and wires in the street, then other electrical assets such as the substations and transformers that you might drive past when you’re out and about. 

However there are other parts of the network that aren’t so visible, and that includes electrical assets which are located within private premises – often commercial buildings. 

From time to time, we need to perform emergency or operational and inspection work on those electrical assets, to ensure they are running safely and are providing a reliable electricity... Read more

Western Power has statutory rights of entry and access, which are based on sections 43, 46(9) and 48 of the Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979 and other legislative provisions.

All our employees and contractors working on our behalf carry personal identification which we encourage you to ask to see. 

Western Power employees wear orange hi-vis shirts with our logo and will be in Western Power branded vehicles. 

When we have works planned we will give you prior notice and information about those works.

You’ll receive a letter with the details of the work we’re doing and the planned start and finish time. 

However emergencies can and do occur, and when they do our priority is to restore power to our customers. 

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