Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions:
1. Who is Dial Before You Dig?
Dial Before You Dig is a FREE national referral service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services we use every day.
A single point of contact to request information about any infrastructure networks at the planned project site from registered Dial Before You Dig Members without the need to contact them individually.
2. How do I use the Dial Before You Dig service?
3. Why should I use the Dial Before You Dig service before I begin excavating?
Any excavation, irrespective of size, has the potential to damage assets located around the work site, leading to service interruptions, delays to the project, costly repairs and in the worst case scenario, injury or death.
Obtaining information from Dial Before You Dig Members significantly minimises these risks by providing information about the work site. Safety is a fundamental aspect of any excavation project and so Dial Before You Dig should always be the first point of contact: The Essential First Step.
4. Who should use the Dial Before You Dig service?
Builders, contractors, farmers, excavation companies, councils, landscapers, underground network maintenance workers, plumbers, home owners, cable and pipe location companies – in fact anyone who intends to work around any infrastructure asset(s) should lodge a FREE enquiry before commencing.
5. How much does it cost to obtain a location plan?
Lodging a Dial Before You Dig enquiry is FREE.
However in some instances, infrastructure asset owners may charge for the supply of infrastructure information – although this is normally only for large development related enquiries or planning/design enquiries where no excavation is taking place.
6. What type of information is provided?
Asset owners provide information about the presence, approximate location (usual in the form of plans) and instructions about working around their registered infrastructure asset.
They DO NOT pinpoint the exact location of the infrastructure asset. Therefore, Duty of Care must be exercised when working around any infrastructure assets.
7. Are cable and pipe networks installed in a straight line?
No. Mainly due to obstacles that may have been in the vicinity when the cables or pipes were installed.
And NEVER assume the depth or alignment of pipes and cables.
Due to the possible deviation in alignment, manual excavation (if instructed by the asset owner) may be required to determine the exact location of infrastructure assets to avoid any mishaps.
8. Do utilities charge for on-site engineering assistance?
Utilities may provide free on-site or over the phone engineering advice when necessary.
However, a fee may be charged when the relevant utility is requested to locate specific infrastructure assets or provide on-site advice.
Clarification of fees can be obtained by directly contacting the relevant asset owner.
9. Will I be financially liable for damages to infrastructure networks?
Yes, court proceedings may commence against individuals and / or companies for the recovery of cost of repairing or reinstating damaged assets where negligence appears to be a contributor.
10. If I lodge a Dial Before You Dig enquiry and advise of my plans to excavate, am I still responsible for any damage that I may cause?
Yes, all individuals have a Duty Of Care they must observe when working in the vicinity of infrastructure networks and it starts with lodging a FREE enquiry with Dial Before You Dig.
11. Are all infrastructure assets owners and networks in Australia Members of Dial Before You Dig?
Not yet. Presently, most infrastructure assets owners and networks in Australia are part of the Dial Before You Dig Membership.
However, Dial Before You Dig is actively recruiting new Members and the aim is to have all infrastructure assets owners and networks on board.
12. How do I become a Member of Dial Before You Dig?
Becoming a Dial Before You Dig Member is easy.
To start, please fill in the Membership Expression of Interest form and a State Manager will be in touch shortly.