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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In NSW, as of July 1, 2010 a new law has taken effect. If you are excavating anywhere near underground gas or electrical services, it is now compulsory to first notify 'Dial Before You Dig NSW/ACT' in order to determine the location of these services. This information is to be requested within 30 days of commencement of proposed excavation. Excavation using machinery to a depth less than 150mm does not require notification. Hand excavation to a depth less than 300mm does not require notification. If 'Dial Before You Dig' considers your proposed excavation could damage their services, they can order you to modify your excavation or even prevent you from excavating. Penalties of $22,000 for individuals and $44,000 for companies can be applied with a possible 5 year custodial sentence, in addition to Gas and Electrical Service Providers' costs to repair their Networks.
You may contact 'Dial before you Dig' by phone on 1100 or at

Details are contained in:
    1. Energy Legislation Amendment (Infrastructure Protection) Act 2009
    2. Electricity Supply (General) Amendment (Infrastructure Protection) Regulation 2010
    3. Gas Supply (Safety and Network Management) Amendment (Infrastructure Protection) Regulation 2010

Forewarned is forearmed.