Look up and Live map

Don’t put your life on the line. Before you get onsite, plan ahead and check the location of powerlines with our powerline safety planning tool.

Business owners, machinery operators, and other workers working near powerlines should take appropriate actions to work safely near powerlines.

Planning work near powerlines?

To make the safety planning process simpler, use our Look up and Live map. You can locate overhead powerlines at your work site on an interactive geospatial map.

It also combines several important safety features in one handy location, including:

  • Safety guidelines and advice, including powerline exclusion zones
  • Options for planning or performing work e.g. powerline visual indicators
  • Information on de-energisation or relocation of powerlines
  • High load forms
  • Dial Before You Dig enquiry details.

Note: You can also download this map as the Look up and Live app.

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View our short instructional video on using the app


The Look Up And Live app helps you plan to work safely around powerlines. It lets you see where powerlines and pillar boxes are, assess the safe working distance from powerlines with the Exclusion Zone Calculator, and request safety advice and resources.

You can use the app to determine if you have a high load, and then fill out and submit a Notification of High Loads form. You can also see planting guidelines for trees and foliage around power lines, and get specific safety advice for your industry.

*Using the App*

To navigate around, tap on the map, type your required location into the search bar, or tap the crosshair icon for your current location.

Tap on the coloured unbroken lines to identify high or low voltage power lines and transmission lines. Tap on the circles to get detailed information on power poles - including pole number, voltage, location, LotPlan, and network owner.

When you select an asset, you will also see a list of important links to safety advice, information on working near power lines and exclusion zones, high loads, Dial Before you Dig enquiries, and an order form to request safety brochures and stickers.

The toolbar in the top right corner allows you to change the map view, print, display a legend for network providers, draw on the map, measure an area, add additional information in a text box, and share a link to the map with others. You will also be able to access contact details for each network provider, as well as links to their websites for further safety information.

In the print window, you can enter your site or project name and print a plan that will provide the scale, a legend showing low or high voltage power lines, and the exclusion zones around those lines.

Before starting work take the time to plan.

Download the Look up and live app or contact us for more information and advice on working safely around powerlines.

Hazard controls

Once powerline hazards are identified, consider the following hierarchy of hazard controls:

  1. De-energise overhead powerlines
  2. Relocation of overhead powerlines
  3. Install underground powerlines
  4. Placement of physical barriers to prevent encroachment
  5. Use of powerline visual indicators e.g. rota markers
  6. Appoint a safety observer
  7. Delineate and set up a safety observer area.

All machinery operators and other persons working near powerlines should be aware of and comply with the Electricity Entity Requirements: Working Near Overhead and Underground Electric Lines (PDF 896.6 kb).

Request brochures

We provide industry information on powerline safety tailored for your industry. You can order industry packs through our Brochure & sticker order form.