Distribution Network Performance Standards

To ensure that customers receive a high quality and appropriate standard of service from the electricity distribution network, regulators and governments commonly establish minimum performance standards for the supply of electricity. Distribution performance standards:

  • ensure reasonable levels of electricity supply reliability;
  • define what the community may expect; and
  • guide investment in electricity distribution infrastructure to correct those sections operating below standard.

The current distribution network reliability standards effective 1 January 2008 are at clause 8.6.11 of chapter 8 of the TEC.

The approved maps defining the supply reliability areas and supply reliability categories in three regions may be viewed below:

To find out the supply reliability category of your electrical installation, please call TasNetworks on 1300 13 7008 during business hours. Click here for information on TasNetworks' supply reliability guarantee and payments.

History of the development of the higher Distribution Network Performance Standards


A joint working group of the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator, Aurora Energy Pty Ltd and the Office of Energy Planning and Conservation is proposing new standards for electricity distribution in Tasmania.

In February 2007 the Working Group released its Final Report including recommended reliability standards:

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Final Report Summary of Proposals and Overview   (1Mb)

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Final Report Appendices   (1Mb)

The proposed standards differentiate 101 discrete reliability regions within Tasmania, which may be viewed in the following documents:

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Reliability Areas North West   (5Mb)

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Reliability Areas North East   (4Mb)

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Reliability Areas South   (4Mb)

In November 2006 the Working Group released its Draft Report for public comment:   

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Draft Report Summary of Proposals and Overview   (1Mb)

  Distribution Network Reliability Standards Draft Report Appendices   (1Mb)

The following submissions were received in response to the Draft Report:

  Aurora Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards December 2006   (75Kb)

  Dennis Crawford Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards November 2006   (14Kb)

  Department of Economic Development Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards November 2006   (677Kb)

  Energy Australia Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards January 2007   (1Mb)

  ESC Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards November 2006   (690Kb)

  Hobart City Council Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards November 2006   (1Mb)

  Tim McManus Submission on Distribution Reliability Standards November 2006   (185Kb)

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