Jul 02
New online portal for easement enquiries

In response to customer feedback, TransGrid has launched an online portal to streamline the process for members of the public who are seeking permission for developments within or near its easements.

Effective 1 July, customers can lodge their enquiries and applications using an online form, with no manual paperwork required. The portal also has an integrated dashboard making it easier for users to track the status of their enquiries.

Development of the new portal strongly aligns with TransGrid's commitment to public safety. It also delivers greater efficiency for our customers in meeting the increased demand for planning decisions, as further development takes place across the greater Sydney region.

Making an enquiry or seeking TransGrid's permission

To submit an enquiry or seek TransGrid's permission for development within or near a TransGrid easement, visit our portal. 


Jun 26
Considering an apprenticeship with TransGrid?

From starting out as a TransGrid apprentice to helping recruit apprentices for TransGrid, Kailee Standen's career has already come full circle! Here she shares some insights into the recruitment process and explains what new apprentices can expect when they start working with us.

My journey with TransGrid started five and a half years ago, when I joined as a 16 year old electrical apprentice, helping to maintain and construct our network assets. My career quickly progressed, and last year I became a resource scheduler, planning and arranging work for the protection and communications technicians. It's just one of many avenues you could go down as an apprentice, if you choose to develop your career with TransGrid.

Recently, I was also offered the opportunity to assist with recruiting electrical apprentices for 2020. This has taken me to career fairs all over NSW to meet with high school students investigating different career paths, industries and trades.

Engaging with potential candidates

When I started my career with TransGrid, I could see that it would be a supportive, challenging environment, where I could learn and grow alongside an understanding and flexible group of people. I want potential new apprentices to have the same experience, starting right from when they meet me and the rest of the recruitment team at a careers fair.

An electrical apprenticeship includes studying for the Certificate III in Electrotechnology through TAFE, combined with the practical side, which is learnt on the job at TransGrid. Altogether, it lasts for four years – so it's both a big commitment and a big decision for people to make. 

By meeting us at a career expo, you can get an insight into the work we do, and find out about some of the roles you could progress to in future. We can answer your questions and this can help with the decision making process.

However, it's not just high school students who are considering an apprenticeship with us. Our apprentices are very diverse in terms of age, background, life experience and so forth. Every year a growing number of female applicants apply; around 30 per cent of our current apprentices are female.  

Selection process

So what's involved in the selection process? Well, if you're invited to interview, you'll complete a formal panel interview which gives you a forum to highlight your interest, enthusiasm and suitability for the role. It will help if you do some research beforehand, and can show some knowledge of TransGrid and our operations.

You'll also take part in an informal practical assessment, which measures your ability to follow instructions. In addition, there's a numeracy and a literacy test, which indicates your aptitude for becoming an electrical apprentice. 

On the job

You don't need any trade knowledge or skills before starting your apprenticeship. Manual dexterity can be helpful, but all relevant skills can be learnt on the job.  However, what you should have is a strong work ethic, genuine enthusiasm for what you're doing, and a willingness to learn and understand. 

TransGrid pays for all TAFE training, including books and supplies, as well as safety equipment, work wear and tools. All apprentices are assigned a mentor who they can contact any time they have questions around their work.

In your first year, you could be doing anything from helping trades people to maintain or replace our assets to testing equipment for failure. You'll attend a hand skills course, and receive training on first aid, working at heights, low voltage rescue and working on elevated work platforms.

We work a nine day fortnight, meaning you get a rostered day off (RDO) every second week. We don't generally work weekends, although varied work locations can involve working away from home occasionally. However, planning our work two months in advance means you always know what's coming up.

A varied career path

Once you've finished your apprenticeship, your next step is to become a tradesperson – and this could also be with TransGrid, if there are vacant positions to apply for at the time.

When you're a qualified electrician, the opportunities that follow are endless. You could become a system operator, engineer, project manager, protection or controls technician or something else entirely!

I'm enthusiastic about recruiting the right people for the job, and giving them the best opportunity to complete their apprenticeship. If you're considering applying for an apprenticeship with us, create your resume, do your research, and apply - you never know where it could take you!

To find out more about a TransGrid apprenticeship.

May 20
Aerial Patrols: Safeguarding your network

​If you see a low-flying helicopter moving along the electricity transmission lines, you've likely spotted a chopper on an aerial maintenance check. Each year, helicopters patrol almost 13 000 km of transmission lines and infrastructure that make up TransGrid's network. Teams aboard the choppers look for infrastructure that needs to be repaired, or trees and shrubs in easements that could pose danger in a fire or storm. 

2019 Aerial patrol dates 

In 2019, Aerial maintenance patrols are occurring between May and July in the following areas and their surrounds.

Week Commencing 20 May: Clarence Valley 
Koolkhan, Grafton, Dilkoon
Week Commencing 20 May: Mid North Coast
Coffs Harbour, Boambee, Raleigh, Nambucca, Kempsey, Macksville 
Week Commencing 20 May: New England

Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield

Week Commencing 20 May: Northern Rivers
​Lismore, Grafton, Casino
Week Commencing 27 May: New England

Tamworth, Narrabri, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Gunnedah, Moree, Texas

Week Commencing 31 May: Lithgow

Mt Piper

Week Commencing 31 May: Mudgee-Gulgong

​Wollar

Week Commencing 31 May: Central West
Orange
Week Commencing 3 June: Lithgow
​Mt Piper, Cullen Bullen, Wallerawang, Portland
Week Commencing 3 JuneMudgee-Gulgong
​Mudgee, Gulgong, Wollar, Beryl
Week Commencing 3 June: Central West
​Orange, Molong, Manildra


Aerial patrols form part of a comprehensive, year-round asset inspection and maintenance program.

(Planned patrol locations may change due to weather conditions or scheduling considerations.)

Patrols reduce risk in the event of a bushfire or storm

Maintenance patrols are vital for the safety of communities nearby easements, and for the safe and continual supply of electricity across the State. 

You likely know that scrub can burn quickly and with devastating impact on a hot, dry day. You may be surprised to learn that a 10 metre tall tree can have a flame height of more than 30 metres in a bushfire. It's vital that clearance zones are observed in transmission easements. 

Have questions about patrols in your area? 

Call TransGrid toll-free on 1800 222 537. 

Or visit our Safety Page on the TransGrid website: https://www.transgrid.com.au/being-responsible/public-safety/Pages/default.aspx

Feb 08
TransGrid welcomes 2019 New Graduates

This week TransGrid welcomed 13 new graduates, marking the start to their two year graduate program. The graduates have been selected from over 600 applications, with qualifications in engineering, construction and business, they will be joining various Business Units across TransGrid. 

Our grads spent the week participating in an induction course led by Paul Italiano, CEO TransGrid and the Executive. Along with training and mentorship, the grads enjoyed touring our Ultimo and Sydney West substations, learning about the workings of the network and how we monitor performance, visiting our Control room. 

“As an employee who started my career with TransGrid as a graduate, I was delighted to welcome the 2019 intake to the business. Joining the group for their first two days of induction I learnt that what drew them to TransGrid was its long standing history in the business, engineering and project management excellence and the opportunity to be a part of a team building the energy landscape of the future.” Chiara Van Vliet, HR Business Partner and Graduate Program Manager said.

The graduates are now with the teams they will be spending their first six month rotation with, and in late February they will head out on the road to visit our operations in Orange to conclude the induction program. 

For more information, please click here: Graduate Program

Feb 05
TransGrid’s CareerTrackers intern Emma Gifford takes out top award

​Back in December, TransGrid welcomed Emma Gifford to TransGrid as part of our partnership with CareerTrackers - a national non-profit with the goal of creating pathways and support systems for Indigenous young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures.

Last week, CareerTrackers held their 9th Annual Gala Dinner along with over 2000 people comprising of indigenous students and senior business leaders from large household name companies including Westpac, Bupa, Telstra and Qantas.

Throughout the night, selected students were rewarded for their achievements, in the workplace and the wider community.

Excitingly, Emma was amongst one of four students to achieve the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Her prize is an around the world ticket for two.

"CareerTrackers has opened the door to opportunities that alone I would have found difficult to get access to. Throughout my time at TransGrid and being a student of the program, I have been pushed to work hard and this award is a culmination of that work and how the program makes a difference," said Emma.

Emma is one of TransGrid's first interns from CareerTrackers. TransGrid is proud to be CareerTrackers sponsors and to be able to provide support, training and jobs to young aspiring Indigenous students. Annually as program sponsors we will welcome two interns to TransGrid. CareerTrackers encourages students and corporates to build lasting relationships by welcoming the same interns back year to year with a view to permanent employment placement or a place on our Graduate Program.

Emma Gifford, a Wiradjuri women who joined Corporate Service's People and Culture team for her internship said: "From my time in Corporate Services, a large portion of my experience has come from working within the People and Culture Group. Although continually being challenged, I have been able to take away many valuable skills and new perspectives, both inside the workplace and out.

"I have been fortunate enough to work with most of the branches within People and Culture, spending a large portion of my time in Employee Relations – assisting in policy reviews. However, I have really enjoyed experiencing work in the Recruitment branch.

"People and Culture are an exceptional and considerate group to work with. They have all contributed a valuable lesson to both my professional career and everyday life.

"I have truly enjoyed my time with TransGrid, and the experience has provided me with the opportunity to further my career in the future."

Julie Moss, Diversity and Inclusion Manager and organizer of the internships, has worked closely with Emma and describes the opportunity.

"Career Trackers is an organization we are pleased to be working closely with. Through their intern program they work with both employers and interns throughout the period of placement to ensure the best possible experience for both employer and the student.

"TransGrid plays an important role in being able to provide exposure to and experience in the workforce in setting students up for future success. We all benefit from that and look forward to hosting more interns this coming year."


Oct 19
TransGrid presented with international award for Mobile Plant Framework

​Congratulations to the TransGrid Mobile Plant Framework project team who have received a Silver Award in the annual Intranet & Digital Workplace Awards.

Now in their 12th year, these global awards recognise outstanding contributions to the fields of intranets and digital workplaces. The awards uncover remarkable solutions that deliver business value.

TransGrid's Kersha Levi, Manager Field Support, was thrilled to accept the award with the team and said: "The award provides recognition of the process improvements delivered for the business and awareness of the team's fantastic work in bringing field work, safety and systems together to deliver efficiency." 

What is the Mobile Plant Framework Project?

The Mobile Plant Framework (MPF) project automated components of the MPF procedure using Mobile Plant through the development of a bespoke app. This provided significant administrative efficiencies and insightful reporting reducing human error, and ensuring safety standards were applied consistently across the business.

The changes reduced the paperwork and administrative time required to meet compliance obligations in the field for operating plant. While an element of paperwork is still involved in each job, the deployment of the MPF app has resulted in a reduction of 80 pages per job to 11.

Our Resource Schedulers now have greater visibility when allocating resources to a job. They can easily see in one view that plant resources are serviced, maintained and suitable for the job and that the human resources allocated are both qualified and experienced to operate that plant.

Employees on site can have the confidence that the plant that is on site is ok to go and the site managers have the right resources. Workers can complete relevant checks and then if they feel there's something wrong with the plant they have the power to act upon that straight away.

A few comments from the judges:

"I like that the result has not just been a reduction in incidents but also an increase in efficiency. This is not seen very often!"

"This is the kind of frontline worker digital employee experience that we've been wanting to see more of for some time. A very clear focus on an essential issue make this well suited to an app. I like that they didn't try to make it an all-encompassing solution, but stuck to doing one thing well."

"Working on power lines in the field is dangerous. This bespoke app helps to improve frontline safety, as well as increasing productivity and reducing costs. Very specific to their needs, but a good example of integration with different systems and empowering field staff."

Well done to everyone involved in the development of this application and the accompanying Procedure!

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Sep 28
A day in the life of a TransGrid Graduate
Name: Kurt Blowes
Job Title: Graduate Electrical Engineer- Technical Support Substations
University Attended: University of Newcastle
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)
Graduated: 2016

6.30am

Woken up by alarm to a brisk morning in Tamworth. A little far from home but there is a buffet  breakfast waiting downstairs with my name on it.

I am in Tamworth after travelling up yesterday for a fault investigation on a failed Capacitor bank can. Bulging on one capacitor can was identified during a visual inspection as a result of the Protection tripping the Capacitor bank. The fault was decided to be investigated further after testing of the Capacitor bank showed no problem, however an issue was identified following an analysis of the Protection fault records. Simulations were ran and the results were found to be similar to the protection fault records supporting the theory that there were repeated spark overs across one row of capacitor elements in one of the capacitor cans

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7.10am

Time for the long 5 minute drive to the Tamworth Depot.

7.15am

Introduced to some local staff. It is always good to meet staff face to face having talked to them over emails and phone calls many times.

7.30am

Set up Laptop and check emails, responding to any priority work. This can involve planning or estimating customer work, providing support to maintenance staff, Fault investigations, reporting and documentation reviews. Can't forget to also make myself a coffee.

8.00am

Meet with team for risk assessment and discussion on hazards, controls and how the day's work will proceed.

8.15am

Carried out inspection and analysis of the dismantled Capacitor Can. Closer inspection showed evidence of low energy discharges to the tank at the ends of the top 3 or 4 capacitor element. This further supported both the simulation and protection fault record findings.

Each Capacitor element is a long, flat sheet consisting of Dielectric and foil layers. This is then rolled up to form each element. The two foil layers are offset to avoid shorting once the ends of all the elements have been soldered together.

I had previously never seen inside a capacitor can, however I now have a good understanding of the internal construction as well as fault finding of capacitors.

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11.40am

Finished gathering evidence for Investigation. Brief discussion with team on findings.

11.50am

Time to get on the road back to Newcastle.

12.30pm

Taking care of lunch and fatigue management with a stop in at Wallabadah on the way back to Newcastle. The burgers are worth stopping in for.

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1.00pm

On the road again. Travelling back with Senior Support Engineer allowed time to be able to reflect on the findings and discuss any technical questions. Lots of time to pick out as much knowledge as I can from him.

4.00pm

Arrived back at Newcastle Depot. Finalised the car pool booking and returned the keys just in time to call it a day. 7.47 hours done, got to love a working a 9 day fortnight.

6.30pm

Whip up some dinner

8.00pm

Fit in a gym session now that it should be a little less busy.

9.00pm

Finish the day off with a shower and bed, ready to piece together all of the Information gathered from the investigation the following morning.

Sep 25
Surging Forward - Electric Vechiles

We were proud to contribute to the Partnerships Conference Magazine as part of the 2018 Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Conference. Our article discusses the rise of electric vehicles in Australia and their impact on the energy network.

"According to the International Energy Agency, in 2017 the estimated global electricity demand from all electric vehicles was 54 terawatt hours (TWh) – or around 80 per cent of the annual electricity demand of NSW.

…For grid operators like TransGrid, there are opportunities to maximise the benefits of electric vehicles in the form of optimising vehicle charging time, and the potential for electric vehicles to provide small-scale energy storage.

While there might be some challenges along the way, we firmly believe that an electric vehicle future is coming. If welcomed and supported, Australia will experience significant economic, environmental and social benefits not only for users but for society at large."

Click here to read the full article.

Jun 04
Bushfire prevention: behind the scenes of an aerial patrol

“In the chopper, we’re communicating the whole time about the electricity lines and the space that surrounds them. We sweep our eyes side to side through the nearby vegetation, then up each tower structure, checking the condition of the earthing and insulation in particular.”

Meet Brenden Secombe, one of a team of specialists selected to patrol our network by helicopter ahead of bushfire season to identify maintenance that will minimise bushfire risk. 

The patrols are vital to the safety of communities nearby lines, and for the safe and continual supply of electricity across the State. 

The teams in the chopper are in the air for approximately eight hours a day, fly over a transmission tower every two minutes, and travel at up to 40 knots an hour. 


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View from the top (L to R): Patrolling the lines; recording potential risks; boarding the chopper; vegetation near a transmission line. 

On a transmission network that spans 13,000 kilometres, it’s vital to record all potential hazards quickly and accurately. 

There’s a pilot and two people to check the transmission line and surrounding area. One checks for vegetation that’s growing too close to the line, and the other checks for maintenance that’s needed on the line. 

Also flying the lines is Andrew Brice, who brings over 30 years of industry experience, including emergency repairs by helicopter.

“If we see something than needs urgent repair, we report it immediately. For the most part, we record location, proximity to the transmission line, and exactly what the issue is,” says Andrew.

“From the air, we see the lines end-to-end, and can get up close to things we simply can’t see from the ground,” says Brenden. 

This information is passed to teams who carry out the maintenance work. The patrols and resulting maintenance work are vital to minimising risk on the lines and surrounding areas ahead of summer. Hot summer days are typically when bushfire risk is highest, and also when the network is under pressure to supply the most electricity. 

“There are a few hard yards involved, but it’s a good feeling to know that we play a part in keeping the network in good working order. At the end of the day, it all comes back to keeping people safe,” says Andrew. 

2018 aerial patrol dates and locations

In 2018, aerial patrols are occurring from April to August. For a list of patrol dates by location, view Aerial Patrols: Safeguarding your network against bushfires

We can all help to keep our transmission network safe. If you see a potential hazard on the TransGrid network, call 1800 027 253 to explain the location and nature of the risk. 
Apr 22
Aerial Patrols: Safeguarding your network against bushfires

If you see a low-flying helicopter moving along the electricity transmission lines, you've likely spotted a chopper on an aerial maintenance check. Each year, helicopters patrol almost 13 000 km of transmission lines and infrastructure that make up TransGrid's network. Teams aboard the choppers look for infrastructure that needs to be repaired, or trees and shrubs in easements that could pose danger in a fire or storm. 

2018 aerial patrol dates 

In 2018, aerial maintenance patrols are occuring between April and August in the following areas and their surrounds. 

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30 April – 4 May

​Northern: Tamworth, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Boambee South, Raleigh, Nambucca, Macksville, Kempsey, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Lismore, Koolkhan.

7 May – 11 May 

​Northern: Tamworth, Narrabri, Armidale, Glen Innes, Texas, Inverell, Moree, Boggabri, Gunnedah.

Central: Orange, Molong, Wellington, Wollar, Mudgee, Mt Piper, Mt Lambie, Beryl, Parkes, Forbes, Manildra, Wallerawang, Panorama.

​25 June – 29 June 

​Southern: Wagga Wagga, Uranquinty, Finley, Deniliquin, Coleambally, Darlington Point, Balranald, Buronga, Redcliff’s, Broken Hill, Griffith, Yanco.

​2 – 6 July

​Southern: Wagga Wagga, Yanco, Darlington Point, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Talbingo Blowering Dam, Tumut, Gadara, Jindera, Dederang, Yass, Marulan, Bannaby, Porters Retreat, Uranquinty.

​9 – 12 July

​Southern: Yass, Tumut, Burrinjuck, Canberra, Murrumburrah, Wagga Wagga, Gullen Range, Bannaby, Kangaroo Valley, Capital Wind Farm. 

​16 – 20 July

Metro: Ingleburn, Wallerawang, Regentville, Kemps Creek, Bannaby, Marulan, Avon, Macarthur, Dapto, Kangaroo Valley.

Northern: Stroud, Newcastle, Tuggerah, Munmorah, Vales Point, Newcastle, Tamworth, Muswellbrook.

​30 July - 2 August 

​Southern:  Yass, Cooma, Canberra, Williamsdale, Guthega, Snowy Adit.


Aerial patrols form part of a comprehensive, year-round asset inspection and maintenance program.

(Planned patrol locations may change due to weather conditions or scheduling considerations.)

Patrols reduce risk in the event of a bushfire or storm

Maintenance patrols are vital for the safety of communities nearby easements, and for the safe and continual supply of electricity across the State. 

You likely know that scrub can burn quickly and with devastating impact on a hot, dry day. You may be surprised to learn that a 10 metre tall tree can have a flame height of more than 30 metres in a bushfire. It’s vital that clearance zones are observed in transmission easements. 

​Have questions about patrols in your area? 

Call TransGrid toll-free on 1800 222 537.

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