Power outages can be caused by extreme weather such as lightning, floods, heatwaves, bushfires or high winds, trees coming into contact with powerlines, wildlife interference or car accidents.

We want to ensure Victorians are informed about power outages and well-prepared should a power outage occur.

Outages can occur at any time, and if one does happen here is a guide on how you can keep yourself and others safe:

  • Keep clear of fallen powerlines and keep others away
  • Be careful with temporary generators
  • If there has been significant damage to your property, make sure a licensed electrician checks that it's safe to turn your power back on.

In most cases, it is the responsibility of local electricity distribution businesses for repairing their infrastructure and restoring power to their area.

During storms or fires, if there is major energy infrastructure damage, demand for power can be greater than the supply available, and some customers may have their power switched off for a short time. This is called load shedding.

The Victorian Government also has additional emergency powers available if there is a serious threat to power or gas supplies. As with water, it can impose restrictions if a major shortfall in energy supplies were imminent.

Energy supply and demand is managed by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), who makes sure that there is enough energy being generated and sent into the grid to meet the needs of Victorians at any given time.

Should an outage occur, AEMO will work to minimise shortages if major energy infrastructure is damaged.

Watch our video and find out more on how you can prepare.

Page last updated: 11/01/2019