Developers' toolkit

If you're a developer, find out how to arrange the electrical infrastructure of your development and what you're liable to pay for.

There's useful information below, including documents you can download, or email us at ccg.contestable@ergon.com.au if you have further queries.

What's a 'developer'?

A developer is the person, company or other legal entity which arranges an extension of the electricity network. They are not the actual consumer of the electricity. This definition covers extensions and augmentation to the Ergon Energy network where the developer can recover the cost of providing the electricity infrastructure through the sale or lease of the property.

When a development is directly connected to our network, we'll provide the electricity meters to each individual premises.

Types of developments

Typically, developers undertake the following types of developments:

  • broad area developments such as traditional residential, rural, commercial and industrial subdivisions
  • multi-tenancy developments such as apartments, commercial site office complexes and shopping complexes
  • industrial and commercial parks
  • closed gate or private subdivisions
  • village type residential developments such as retirement villages.

What are developers' responsibilities?

A developer is responsible for 100% of the cost of providing the infrastructure for their development. This includes costs associated with:

  • the electrical reticulation inside the development
  • network connection works to connect the development to the distribution network
  • augmentation of the existing distribution system to provide capacity to supply the development
  • all civil works undertaken by us relevant to, but external to the development
  • tree clearing and any other costs attributable to the electrical supply for the development.

Urban and rural residential subdivisions

In general, most Local Government Authorities (LGAs) require the electricity infrastructure for subdivisions to be underground reticulation (buried cables).

The Developers' Handbook (PDF 329.4 kb) outlines the policies and processes for connecting a project involving underground distribution construction. As outlined in the Handbook, a developer can choose who designs and constructs the electricity reticulation inside the subdivision.

We aim to make it as easy as possible to connect to our distribution network and to support economic growth through new developments. Our  New Connections for Developers' Charter   (PDF 944.9 kb) sets out our commitment to developers including what we do for you, our responsibilities and our service promises.

Online Developer enquiry form for subdivision/public lighting works

To start your subdivision or public lighting project with us, please complete the online Developer enquiry form before submitting an application form for the subdivision.

Application form

When your design is completed and you want to apply for subdivision or public lighting works, please complete our Network Connection of Subdivision/Public Lighting Application Form (PDF 549.3 kb)

Developer resources

Provided below are all of the policies and guidelines, standards, specifications, forms and manuals for developers.

If you subscribe to our Alert Service we will advise you by email when the documents you have selected have been updated.

Resources - specifications and other information

Policy and guidelines

Documents Published
Developers' Handbook - Underground Distribution Construction (UDC) - Developer Design and Construct (PDF File, 329.4 KB) 12 May 2016
Negotiated Connection Establishment Contract (general terms) (PDF File, 427.3 KB) 13 May 2016
Connection Policy (PDF File, 580.0 KB) 1 Jul 2015
Contractor Rating Guidelines Ver 2 (PDF File, 158.2 KB) 13 May 2013

Approved supplier register

Documents Published
List of Subdivision Designers (PDF File, 201.5 KB) 8 Aug 2016
List of Public Lighting Designers (PDF File, 202.4 KB) 8 Aug 2016
List of Subdivision Construction Contractors (PDF File, 175.8 KB) 8 Aug 2016
List of Public Lighting Construction Contractors (PDF File, 202.6 KB) 8 Aug 2016

Main specification

Documents Published
RSC06 Ver 7 - UDC Main Specifications (PDF File, 104.4 KB) 30 Apr 2013

Design standards

Documents Published
NA000403R481 Ver 1 - Guideline for Adoption of CMEN Earthing System (PDF File, 277.6 KB) 27 Nov 2013
NA000403R482 Ver 1 - Supplementary Reference to Guideline for Adoption of CMEN Earthing System (PDF File, 204.1 KB) 27 Nov 2013
RSD01 Ver 6 - UDC Design Specification (PDF File, 155.3 KB) 12 Oct 2011
RSD04 Ver 2 - Distribution Design Drafting Standard (PDF File, 2.6 MB) 20 Dec 2011

Construction and testing standards

Documents Published
RSC07 UDC Civil Works Specification Ver 9 (PDF File, 206.9 KB) 9 May 2013
RSC08 UDC Electrical Works Specification Ver 6 (PDF File, 173.3 KB) 9 May 2013
RSC09 Specification for Horizontal Directional Drilling Ver 2 (PDF File, 52.8 KB) 6 Aug 2010
RSC10 UDC Electrical Testing Specification Ver 5 (PDF File, 142.2 KB) 9 May 2013

Materials specifications

Documents Published
RSM01 UDC Materials Specification Ver 7 (PDF File, 68.3 KB) 4 Jun 2014
RSM02 UDC Compatible Materials Listing Specification Ver 5 (PDF File, 207.0 KB) 1 Apr 2010

Pre-start checklist

Documents Published
UDC Project Pre-Start Meeting Record Ver 6 (PDF File, 67.3 KB) 9 Dec 2014

Audit checklists

Documents Published
UDC Design Audit Checklist Ver 5 (PDF File, 180.3 KB) 7 Jan 2015
UDC Construction Audit Checklist Ver 6 (PDF File, 466.3 KB) 7 Jan 2015

Testing reports

Documents Published
PW001201R100 Commissioning Checklist for Simple Events Ver 4 (PDF File, 31.2 KB) 11 Sep 2015
SP0405C01 LV Cable Commissioning Test Report Ver 4 (PDF File, 32.9 KB) 24 Jul 2014
SP0406C01 Commissioning Ground Mounted Distribution Substation and Switchgear Ver 3 (PDF File, 80.9 KB) 17 Mar 2010
SP0407C01 HV Cable Commissioning Ver 10 (PDF File, 82.9 KB) 22 Jun 2016

Field data collection forms

Documents Published
NA000403F193 HV Switches Ver 7 (MS Word Document, 134.0 KB) 2 Apr 2014
NA000403F194 Transformers/Regulators/Reactors Ver 7 (MS Word Document, 52.1 KB) 21 Aug 2015
NA000403F195 Street Lights Ver 6 (MS Word Document, 122.5 KB) 2 Apr 2014
NA000403F196 Poles Ver 6 (MS Word Document, 114.0 KB) 2 Apr 2014
NA000403F197 LV Pillars/Cabinets/UG Cable Ver 6 (MS Word Document, 94.5 KB) 2 Apr 2014

Additional Information

Documents Published
Operational Update No. 1154 - Changes to the Supervision of Electrical Conduits Installed by Developers (PDF File, 184.0 KB) 27 May 2016
Operational Update No 1095 - Community Title Development (PDF File, 4.9 MB) 26 Nov 2015
Standards Alert StdsA16 - LED Luminaires (PDF File, 646.7 KB) 22 Jul 2015
Table of changes to UDC developers handbook (PDF File, 27.2 KB) 5 Mar 2015
Operational Update No. 983 - 4mm2 Cu NS lighting cable problems (PDF File, 202.4 KB) 3 Mar 2015
Operational Update No. 982 - Requirement to comply with STNW0301 is withdrawn (PDF File, 183.3 KB) 3 Mar 2015
Operational Update No. 978 - Identification of existing easement boundaries (PDF File, 187.9 KB) 3 Mar 2015
Operational Update No. 963 - Connectivity Labelling for LV Assets (PDF File, 462.3 KB) 11 Dec 2014
Operational Update No. 955 - RMU or not to RMU - Acronym Clarified (PDF File, 181.0 KB) 25 Nov 2014
Operational Update No. 20141002 - Works Enablement - Extension to Standard Trench Width (PDF File, 97.3 KB) 22 Oct 2014
Operational Update No 20140429 - Developer Design and Construct Project Management Requirements (PDF File, 399.6 KB) 30 Jul 2014
Operational Update No. 900 - Insulating Glove 4 Core LV Cable (PDF File, 179.0 KB) 24 Jul 2014
Operational Update No. 20140201 - Works Enablement - Performance Security (PDF File, 75.9 KB) 31 Mar 2014
Operational Update No. 20140304 - Works Enablement - Changes to front end of Developer Design & Construct Works Process (PDF File, 75.6 KB) 31 Mar 2014
Operational Update No. 852 - LV Neutral Connectivity between CMEN and Separately Earthed Systems (PDF File, 55.9 KB) 7 Apr 2014
Operational Update No. 835 - Guideline for Adoption of CMEN Earthing System (PDF File, 276.2 KB) 5 Dec 2013
Operational Update No.10120221 - Construction of Public Lighting for DD&C Works (PDF File, 53.7 KB) 22 Feb 2012
Operational Update No. 764 - Change to 22kV Schneider Padmount Substation Foundation (PDF File, 1.0 MB) 12 Mar 2013
Developer Design and Construction Alert (MS Word Document, 55.5 KB) 13 May 2013

Manuals

Overhead Construction Manual

Documents Published
Detailed Changes to Overhead Construction Manual (PDF File, 97.7 KB) 28 Jun 2016
Help File (PDF File, 751.7 KB) 31 Oct 2014
11,22,33kV Construction Concrete Pole (PDF File, 9.5 MB) 28 Jun 2016
11,22,33kV Construction Steel Pole (PDF File, 4.5 MB) 28 Jun 2016
11,22,33kV Construction Wood Pole (PDF File, 16.9 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Assemblies (PDF File, 34.7 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Cable Termination Poles (PDF File, 9.9 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Construction Practices (PDF File, 14.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Design Information (PDF File, 754.9 KB) 28 Jun 2016
Earthing Concrete Pole (PDF File, 2.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Earthing Nailed and Steel Butted Poles (PDF File, 9.9 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Earthing Steel Pole (PDF File, 806.2 KB) 28 Jun 2016
Earthing Wood Pole (PDF File, 13.7 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Fibre Optic Cable Construction (PDF File, 2.9 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Introduction (PDF File, 1.8 MB) 28 Jun 2016
LV Construction (PDF File, 3.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Main Index (PDF File, 808.3 KB) 28 Jun 2016
Manufacturing Detail Concrete Pole (PDF File, 29.2 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Manufacturing Detail Steel Pole (PDF File, 2.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Material Data (PDF File, 4.6 MB) 28 Jun 2016
National Broardband Network (PDF File, 3.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Pole Stay Construction (PDF File, 3.8 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Reactors (PDF File, 1.4 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Regulators (PDF File, 7.0 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Services (PDF File, 10.8 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Special Construction (PDF File, 18.2 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Stringing Charts (PDF File, 9.5 MB) 28 Jun 2016
SWER Construction (PDF File, 3.6 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Switches (PDF File, 14.3 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Transformers Concrete Pole (PDF File, 3.2 MB) 28 Jun 2016
Transformers Wood Pole (PDF File, 7.3 MB) 28 Jun 2016

Public Lighting Design Manual

Documents Published
Public Lighting Design Manual (PDF File, 2.5 MB) 2 Sep 2014

Queensland Public Lighting Construction Manual

Documents Published
MAIN INDEX (PDF File, 267.9 KB) 13 Jun 2016
Introduction (PDF File, 2.7 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Assemblies (PDF File, 12.3 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Construction Practices (PDF File, 4.9 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Services (PDF File, 4.4 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Columns Major Road (PDF File, 7.1 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Columns Minor Road (PDF File, 2.4 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Pole Brackets Major Road (PDF File, 4.9 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Pole Brackets Minor Road (PDF File, 2.1 MB) 22 Apr 2014
Flood Lighting (PDF File, 3.2 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Telstra Approved Hardware (PDF File, 2.4 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Bulkhead Luminaires (PDF File, 620.8 KB) 13 Jun 2016
PE Cell Conversion (PDF File, 1.9 MB) 13 Jun 2016
Control Wiring (PDF File, 1.2 MB) 13 Jun 2016

Underground Construction Manual

Documents Published
Detailed Changes to Underground Construction Manual - Issue 9 (PDF File, 216.2 KB) 10 Jul 2015
MAIN INDEX (PDF File, 311.4 KB) 22 Jun 2016
Introduction (PDF File, 810.9 KB) 22 Jun 2016
Assemblies (PDF File, 15.1 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Construction Practices (PDF File, 4.1 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Trenching (PDF File, 17.2 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Padmounted Substations (PDF File, 19.1 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Services (PDF File, 1.4 MB) 22 Jun 2016
LV Construction (PDF File, 4.4 MB) 22 Jun 2016
HV Construction (PDF File, 6.3 MB) 22 Jun 2016
HV Switchgear (PDF File, 4.7 MB) 10 Jul 2015
Earthing (PDF File, 4.8 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Material Data (PDF File, 3.2 MB) 22 Jun 2016
Fibre Optic Construction (PDF File, 1.9 MB) 22 Jun 2016
National Broadband Network (PDF File, 708.5 KB) 22 Jun 2016

Distribution Design Manual

Documents Published
STNW3361 Ver 1 - Standard for Distribution Line Design Overhead (PDF File, 6.1 MB) 6 May 2016
STNW3369 Ver 1 - Standard for Distribution Line Design Underground (PDF File, 539.4 KB) 6 May 2016

Important information

This material is made available on the basis that it may be necessary for a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) to undertake or oversee the engineering services to meet statutory obligations.

Ergon Energy makes no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the documents provided and accepts no liability howsoever arising for any loss resulting from the use of the documents or reliance placed on them.

The recipient agrees to indemnify Ergon Energy and keep it indemnified against any liability for any losses (including liabilities of the recipient to third parties), costs and expenses arising out of the use or reliance on the documents by the recipient.

The documents provided are to be used as a guide only. Subject to any other statutory obligation, to the extent practical, the recipient agrees to use reasonable endeavours to notify Ergon Energy of any errors or omissions it becomes aware of in the documents to enable correction/updating.

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