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Electrical Transmission, Distribution and Rail

Overview

The Transmission, Distribution and Rail sectors convey electricity from the generating power stations to the consumer by means of a reticulation system that includes the following sections:

  • The transmission of electricity by overhead towers or poles at voltages substantially higher than those used for distribution
  • The transmission of electricity by means of underground cables that are usually oil or gas filled
  • The distribution of electricity by overhead conductors and poles in the rail system
  • The distribution of electricity by underground cabling

Licensed occupations and registrations

Electrical Linespersons require licensing by their state or territory authority. The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council has links to each regulator.

What does this industry cover?

  • Building & construction of power transmittors
  • Distribution of power
  • Maintenance & repair of electrical transmittors 
  • Erecting power poles
  • Cabling works
  • Distribution of power via overhead conductors and poles in the rail system

Industry Information

Employers

  • Electricity Transmission – 18 employers
  • Electricity Distribution – 40 employers

Source: ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, Jun 2012 to Jun 2016

Employees

  • Electricity Transmission – 2,000 employees
  • Electricity Distribution – 17,700 employees

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business Industry Projections - Five Years to November 2020

Key Occupations

Power Plant Operators

Electrical Powerline Workers

Cable Joiners

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Electrical, Electronics and Utilities

Work Type

  • Practical or Manual.
  • Analytic or Scientific

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Career Pathways

Electrical Transmission, Distribution and Rail sector has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

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Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Australian Industry Standards
  • Australian Energy Council
  • Energy Networks Australia

Other useful links

  • Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Energy Users Association of Australia
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council

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