There are a number of steps you can take if you are having a problem with your energy service, retailer or distributor. Following these steps can help you take action to resolve your problem. If you have a problem with your electricity or gas retailer, the factsheet below, 'What can I do if I have a complaint about my energy?', explains the steps you can take to resolve it.
As soon as possible, contact your energy retailer or distributor to explain the problem and the outcome you want. In many cases a phone call can fix the problem.
If you are not happy you can ask to speak to a senior manager or put your concerns in writing—that way, your energy provider is clearly aware of the problem and what you want, and you also have a record of your contact.
When contacting your energy provider about your complaint (either by phone or in writing), you should:
- give them your name and your account number
- explain the problem
- explain the outcome you want
- outline the steps you will take if you and your energy provider cannot resolve the problem
- ask for a response within a reasonable time—for example two weeks or 10 business days.
Make sure you keep copies of any letters, emails or documents that you send as well as details of any calls you make or people you speak with.
Contact your electricity or gas retailer for questions about:
- getting connected to the network
- arranging for supply of electricity or gas to your home or business
- concerns with salespeople or how the service was sold to you
- your rights in relation to cancelling or varying a contract
- a new contract that you think was entered without your consent
- billing issues.
Contact your electricity or gas distributor for questions about:
- your electricity and gas meters
- power lines and gas pipelines connecting your property to the network in your street
- power or gas outages
- problems with supply quality, such as low frequency (for example, when your lights dim).
If you are having difficulty resolving a problem directly with your energy provider, you can contact the energy ombudsman scheme in your area. They offer free, independent and impartial dispute resolution services and can help you resolve problems you have with your energy provider when you have not been able to do so directly.
Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland
Telephone: 1800 662 837
New South Wales
Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW
Telephone:1800 246 545
Australian Capital Territory
ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Telephone: 02 6207 1740
Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria)
Telephone: 1800 500 509
Energy Industry Ombudsman South Australia
Telephone: 1800 665 565
Energy Ombudsman Tasmania
Telephone: 1800 001 170
If you have a complaint or feedback about the AER, please refer to the service charter.